Biometric Military Tattoos Explore ‘Human Circuit Board’

Mitt Romney America tattoo (Marc Nozell / Flickr / CC / Cropped)
Marc Nozell / Flickr / CC / Cropped

Software design firm Chaotic Moon has a prototype biometric tattoo it believes is perfectly suited for gathering and relaying health information on soldier’s condition in a battle zone.

The tattoo could also be used to relay information about a soldier’s environment, such as whether he or she is being exposed to biological agents.

According to TechCrunch, the tattoos are part of a new trend of “biowearables.” Chaotic Moon CEO Ben Lamm said, “This is not something that can be easily removed like a Fitbit. It can be underneath a flack jacket, directly on the skin to be collecting this data and being reported back.”

The tattoo’s general purpose is to monitor body temperature, hydration, and the stress level of individual soldiers, but it could also detect biological agents in the air or “pathogens in a soldier’s body.” That information would be uploaded to military networks “via Bluetooth or location-based low-frequency mesh networks like those used for apps like Jott or Firechat.”

Chaotic Moon’s biowearables are temporary, which reduces the cost and the “invasive” nature of putting on the soldier’s body for monitoring purposes. For example, the tattoos would replace options of actually embedding a chip under a soldier’s skin.

Lamm says his company’s biometric tattoos are still at the prototype stage, but he is actively working with “strategic partners” to take go beyond mere prototypes.

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