As David Goes to Dentist might say, “Is this real life?”
This week, Japanese scientists have demonstrated a super flexible electronic skin, or e-skin display made from organic electronics, which could someday replace our smartphone displays. This breakthrough could present a huge potential leap in the field of wearable devices, implying that what was once only available on our desktop computers, then laptops, then smartphones, and now smart watches, could someday actually be displayed directly on our skin. According to Takao Someya, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Tokyo, and author of a paper on the new device published April 15 in the journal Science Advances, “Our e-skin can be directly laminated on the surface of the skin, allowing us to electronically functionalize human skin… [and] may replace the smartphone in the future.”
Cool? Ingenious? Creepy? Honestly, as someone who has an irrational fear of stickers, this idea absolutely terrifies me. What do you think…would you be an early adopter for this new technology?