Years ago, a touchscreen cell phone may have seemed like something for the distant future.
Now, in 2015, developers have already released the first in touch skin cell phones. The concept comes from iSkin founder Martin Weigel.
"Our sensor is flexible and stretchable so it can cover many locations," Weigel told Reuters. "Even the backside of the ear or the forearm."
All the places you can wear iSkin:
Originally, the technology was used as a way to allow robots to sense their surroundings.
"Current electronics are mostly using rigid components which are very uncomfortable to wear on the body and are limiting the locations to, for example, the wrist or on the head to be worn," Martin Weigel told Reuters. "But our sensor is a flexible and stretchable sensor, so it can cover many locations. For example, even the backside of the ear or the forearm. So, we have a much larger input space than current electronics allow for."
And it's a pretty complex system...
The tech that is built into the iSkin senses different forms of pressure and can react or operate your phone accordingly. Composed of "biocompatible material," it can sense multi-touch patterns, slides and click wheels.
Max Planck Institute for Informatics, a German-based company who developed the product, also allows you to computer generate your iSkin into whatever you think may look cool. Once you create the "tattoo-like" designs, they use a laser cutter to cut them out to your desire.