Tattoos for the Blind

October 17, 2007

I’m suddenly wondering if there is a message hidden in case of shingles.
clipped from blog.wired.com

Tattoos for the Blind
Call me superficial, but I love cute haircuts, hot make-up, and creative tattoos, but lately I’ve wondered, if you’re blind, can you enjoy these very visual things. Well one student has thought up a way where the visually impaired can express themselves through tattoos that can be read. The Braille Tattoo, designed by Klara Jirkova (a student at the University of the Arts Berlin), is a series of implantable surgical steel, titanium, or medical plastic that’s placed under the skin. The tattoo can then be read via touch. Subdermal implants are nothing new, but using them to create body art for the visually impaired is an interesting idea. Jirkova thinks the implants could be used in the divet between thumb and pointer finger, so when people shake hands they can “read” each other’s names and info.
Also, if you’re interested in other new tattooing technologies check out my piece on newly developed eraseable ink.
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