Electronic “tattoo” tracks patients’ vital signs

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads.” -Revelation 13:16

Dictionary definition of “tattoo”:

n. pl. tat·toos

  1. A permanent mark or design made on the skin by a process of pricking and ingraining an indelible pigment or by raising scars.
  2. A design made on the skin with a temporary dye such as henna or ink.

electronic tattooEpidermal Electronic System (EES), aka electronic tattoo

The International Business Times reports, Aug. 14, 2011, that an international team of researchers from the United States, China and Singapore had developed a micro-electronics technology, called an epidermal electronic system (EES), that could revolutionize medical sensing, computer gaming and even render the super slick James Bond movie gadgets antiquated.

As described in the journal Science and reported by the Associated Press, EES is like an “electronic tattoo” — a super-thin “skin-patch” that mounts onto the skin like a temporary tattoo, containing an array of electronic components that allows researchers to track key vital signs from patients. The patches are already able to monitor the heart, various other muscles and brain activity.

The study’s co-author John Rogers, a professor in materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said, “It’s a technology that blurs the distinction between electronics and biology. Our goal was to develop an electronic technology that could integrate with the skin in a way that is mechanically and physiologically invisible to the user.”

The wireless device is small and nearly weightless. It is less than 50 micrometres thick – less than the diameter of a human hair. There are also tiny solar cells that can generate power or get energy from electromagnetic radiation.

The device doesn’t use any adhesive to adhere to the skin. The sensor is mounted on to a water-soluble sheet of plastic, and is attached to the body by brushing with water, just like a temporary tattoo. It relies on a weak force called the van der Waals force, which causes molecules and surfaces to stick together without interfering with motion. This is the same force with which geckos stick to walls.

One of the disadvantages is that since the skin constantly produces new cells, the surface cells die and are brushed off, meaning a new sensor would need to be attached at least every fortnight.

Here are some anticipated uses for the EES electronic tattoo:

  • To replace the bulky equipment — of cables, wires, gel-coated sticky pads and monitors — currently used in hospitals to keep track of a patient’s vital signs. The researchers say the bulky equipment could be “distressing” for patients with heart problems who must wear a bulky monitor for a month “in order to capture abnormal but rare cardiac events”.
  • To monitor premature babies.
  • To study patients with sleep apnea without them wearing wires through the night.
  • To make electronic bandages to help skin heal from wounds and burns.
  • For patients who suffer from certain diseases of the larynx. When the EES tattoo was attached to the throat it allowed users to operate a voice-activated video game with better than 90% percent accuracy.
  • Rogers also said the EES “could also form the basis of a sub-vocal communication capability, suitable for covert or other uses” – whatever that means.

Gosh, the possibilities are endless!

All the more reason why everyone, all over the world, must have this super-duper electronic tattoo mark. [Snark]

~Eowyn

13 responses to “Electronic “tattoo” tracks patients’ vital signs

  1. I can see hospitals using this on patients instead of the bracelet as well, or nursing homes! Most people would see this as so benign that they would not think of the Bible at all. Especially since it is considered temporary. But while the skin does produce new cells, it also absorbs what is on the surface into the blood, leaving a possibility of a permanent marker in the liver.

  2. At least it wouldn’t be permanent.

    “One of the disadvantages is that since the skin constantly produces new cells, the surface cells die and are brushed off, meaning a new sensor would need to be attached at least every fortnight.”

    I’d consider that an advantage since the vast majority of hospital stays are for less than two days.

  3. Call me a conspiracy theorist if you will, but to me it may just be another way of keeping track of you.. They will soon develop one that does not need to be and/or cannot be, removed. Remember Big Brother.. Stick with the bracelet..

    • I proudly wear the badge “conspiracy theorist”. After all, Operations Northwood in the Kennedy admin was a conspiracy — a massive one planned by the CIA and approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff ! Nixon’s Watergate was a conspiracy. As was Reagan’s Iran Contra. As is the Obama regime’s Fast and Furious. As is the criminal syndicate called the Mafia!

      • Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” may be the biggest of them all.. The mere scope of it, along with it being force fed to the masses of the unwilling and the unwitting scares me to no end. The liberal left is setting themselves up to be a “ruling” party. Our two party system, as bad as it was, is on the verge of extinction.. God Help America..

  4. To understand the nature of the battle, is to understand the weapon needed.

    “After two years, it was noted that ours was the only squadron that had not lost a plane nor a single life. We said nothing, but we knew.”

    http://www.michaeljournal.org/rosarypower.htm

    “A few days before his death, as Padre Pio was getting into bed, he said to the friars who were in his room, “Give me my weapon!” And the friars, surprised and curious, asked him: “Where is the weapon? We cannot see anything!” Padre Pio replied, “It is in my habit, which you have just hung up!” After having gone through the pockets of his religious habit, the friars said to him: “Padre, there is no weapon in your habit! . . . we can only find your rosary beads there!” Padre Pio immediately said, “And is this not a weapon? . . . the true weapon?!” ”

    http://infallible-catholic.blogspot.com/2012/05/padre-pio-on-blessed-virgin-mary-and.html

  5. mark of the beast. it’s unfolding. be steadfast and call upon God for help.

  6. The description of this device is similar to what I’ve been saying all along. When “The Mark” comes, I don’t think it will be enforced onto everyone (at least, not at first) at the point of a gun – but I think they will do fancy marketing, just like they did with cell phones, smart-card credit cards, other electronic devices and monthly plans, saying it is for convenience and efficiency and so forth – and they will have people in mainstream media praising it to high heaven and back. Then there will be fashionable political tools and fools, starting from the higher classes on down to everyone else, in every village, city and township in the world, who in order to be hip, cool and “in”, will socially enforce the requirement for this device – until eventually it becomes “normal” to have one and “abnormal” should anyone not. Like with other, mainly leftist sourced indoctrination campaigns, it will also be picked up in the “schools” and other societal institutions, starting with hospitals, so for sure, they can say it is “good” since it’s “for the children”, “for the babies”, “for the patients”, etc. and so on. Then after enough have submitted, it will become a requirement, not an option and anyone not with this device, or something similar, will be unable to buy, sell, get paid for employment – why the slogan will be just like on one of those credit card advertisements, “Can’t leave home without it”, or “The Possibilities Are Endless”. All “good” mind you, all with “good intentions” in mind, as most everything else from Satan comes with “good intentions” and “full sincerity” as the selling points, that get people to willingly decide to accept what is being offered.

  7. Hey, let’s just chip people like they do in sci-fi movies about oppressive dystopian settings.

  8. I believe there will be many who accept the Mark in the name of security or false sense of security. But many people who follow Bible teachings, especially, Bible prophecy they will not accept it under any condition. But hopely we will be caught up before this transpires….Thanks for a great post and many, many blessings to you…Robin

  9. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this interesting post. I find the latter purpose of EES, communication that is “Suitable for covert or other uses” as the most noteworthy and thought-provoking. Namely, it could be used for any kind of personal tracking purposes or “other” purposes; this indicts the EES.

  10. Disconcerting to be sure, but not the most vile of their technologies that are not seen. Personally I tend towards thinking that “the mark” is not so easy to avoid as a technological device, if I may elaborate:

    Curious locations are cited for said “mark”, the hand and/or the forehead, which can be regarded symbolically to represent deeds/actions and thought or mental workings. (There is also another mark mentioned, that of God, which is also on foreheads).
    I find this notion interesting and think it rather apt, because while one can carve out a chip in the flesh (or on it), it is much more difficult to do away with habitual deeds or a way of thinking.

    I don’t dismiss them implementing this, and other nasty things as means of control, I simply question that “the mark” would be solely electronic, given that electronic devices for the most part lack any spiritual dimension (to my knowledge).

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