Nano Tattoos for Diabetics

So here’s a great story from the medical tech frontier. Two different sets of researchers at MIT and Draper Labs are working on nanotechnology ink that would be used to monitor blood glucose levels in diabetics. Injected into the skin of people with diabetes, these “tattoos” would give off a fluorescence that would indicate a person’s blood sugar level as part of regulating their insulin therapy.

Each lab is playing with different approaches – MIT features a more permanent tattoo while Draper Labs is working on a temporary version that would need to be reinjected every seven days. Here’s a video on the latter:

Human trials are still a long way off, but this research is yet another example of the fascinating work being done as we speak on the advancement of in-body technology that will monitor and regulate our health. Sensor-based pharmaceuticals, artery-scrubbing nanorobots, networked medical implants – coming soon to a clinic near you.

800 Languages, 1 Typeface

Fascinating case study about Google and Monotype’s collaboration on Noto – an incredibly ambitious project to create one master typeface that can display on any device, any medium, in any language or writing system.


Drone on the Farm

A report from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International predicted that the legalization of commercial drones would create more than $80 billion of positive economic impact (i.e., revenue and job creation) between 2015 and 2025. The predicted biggest piece of that growth? Agriculture.


Ready for Smart Tattoos?

MIT Media Lab, in partnership with Microsoft Research, has unveiled DuoSkin, a project that uses temporary tattoos as connected interfaces that can be used in a variety of ways.