DuoSkin: Functional, stylish on-skin user interfaces

Publication Title
MIT Media Lab
Publication/Creation Date
August 10 2016
Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao (creator)
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT) (contributor)
MIT Media Lab (creator)
Asta Roseway (contributor)
Christian Holz (contributor)
Andres Calvo (contributor)
Chris Schmandt (contributor)
Microsoft Research (creator)
Media Type
Corporate Video
Persuasive Intent
DuoSkin is a fabrication process that enables anyone to create customized functional devices that can be attached directly on their skin. Using gold metal leaf, a material that is cheap, skin-friendly, and robust for everyday wear, we demonstrate three types of on-skin interfaces: sensing touch input, displaying output, and wireless communication.

DuoSkin draws from the aesthetics found in metallic jewelry-like temporary tattoos to create
on-skin devices which resemble jewelry. DuoSkin devices enable users to control their mobile devices, display information, and store information on their skin while serving as a statement of personal style.
HCI Platform
Discursive Type
Location on Body

Date archived
August 3 2017
Last edited
February 5 2020
How to cite this entry
Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, MIT Media Lab, Microsoft Research. (August 10 2016). "DuoSkin: Functional, stylish on-skin user interfaces". MIT Media Lab. Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/Detail/objects/2340