Could a tattoo help you stay healthy? | Carson Bruns

  • Published on Jun 4, 2019
  • Can we make tattoos both beautiful and functional? Nanotechnologist Carson Bruns shares his work creating high-tech tattoos that react to their environment -- like color-changing ink that can tell you when you're getting a sunburn -- and shows exciting ways they can deliver real-time information about our health.
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Comments • 301

  • Princess Zelda
    Princess Zelda 26 days ago

    Nano technology? Sounds good on the outside but very insidious to what's coming. Clue: can't be bought, sold, or traded. Revelation chapter 13 verses 16-18. This is either a nod to this scripture knowingly or unknowing but definitely a RED flag. Referring to the coming mark that will be enforced on all man kind. You may think I'm crazy but this is definitely worth looking into.

  • B W
    B W Month ago

    The tattoo 山 is mountain in Japanese

  • Devon Rigsbee
    Devon Rigsbee 3 months ago

    where do I go to get one of those UV changing tattoos? My family has a history of skin cancer, and I have remarkably sensitive skin. If I could get one of those it would so help me to recognize when I need to reapply sunscreen or to just get out of the sun.

  • 쩜쩜
    쩜쩜 3 months ago +1

    염병하네 하나님이 하지 말라는 거 좀 하지마. 나대지 좀 마

  • Hyunho Kim
    Hyunho Kim 3 months ago

    A tattoo that tells when you lie by checking the blood pressure

  • 김민재
    김민재 3 months ago

    Sorry but tatoo is bad for health. The theory of fractal and energy balance, tattoo ink marking can affect to human body. And if that's a word or something contain meaning, that could be effect to that point. Never tattoo for fun!!

  • Mountain Man
    Mountain Man 4 months ago

    Tattoos are also a way for the government to identify you more effectively.

  • 805 Local
    805 Local 5 months ago

    Yeah but what if you're lost or stranded for days somewhere without a mirror? Couldn't really look at your heat sensing tattoo that's in the mouth then...

  • Adasia Embry
    Adasia Embry 6 months ago

    What so nice talk about tattoos 👏🏽

  • The Laughing Dove
    The Laughing Dove 6 months ago


  • CHARLIEM1010
    CHARLIEM1010 6 months ago

    I believe this has the ability to do more harm than good. Like government forcing people to get tattoos for all kinds of nefarious purposes. No thank you.

  • jasmine Larsonion
    jasmine Larsonion 6 months ago


  • Romanian Bear
    Romanian Bear 6 months ago

    Ready for the chip kids? Hahah what a joke

  • Kingsman315
    Kingsman315 6 months ago

    That UV tattoo sounds awesome! But.. my only question is about the long term effects for your health.

  • schwoogie78
    schwoogie78 6 months ago it can't you moron

  • K1lostream
    K1lostream 6 months ago

    Candidate for the worst TED talk. This seems like a guy that is into tattoos trying to contrive a way to make his interest relevant - I neither need nor want colour-changing tattoos to tell me when I need to re-apply sunscreen or when I am sick.
    Now if he'd said he'd invented a tattoo ink that actually WORKED as sunscreen when it was exposed to UV, and you'd never need to apply it again, then he'd have gotten my interest.

  • Isaac Brown Media
    Isaac Brown Media 6 months ago

    Mark of the beast.

  • Aliciapher
    Aliciapher 7 months ago

    This is amazing!! Not going to lie I would LOVE the UV tattoo.

  • J Coolverine
    J Coolverine 7 months ago

    one in four Americans has a tattoo? lol, the brainwash is real... I am happy that didn't make tattoo when it was uncool cause now I would regret it

  • tanya mullen
    tanya mullen 7 months ago

    Wow. Amazing.

  • Yuuji Lee
    Yuuji Lee 7 months ago

    ok i would want this kind of tattoo

  • Useer naame
    Useer naame 7 months ago +2

    Refreshing to hear people gasp about something meaningful instead of screaming because Apple is finally catching up to something basic

  • Nicolás Sandoval Montoya

    Amazing!! GREAT JOOOOB!

  • Reid Clanton
    Reid Clanton 7 months ago

    Where can I get a uv tattoo I want one

  • weehawk
    weehawk 7 months ago +10

    But when I can I tattoo sunscreen right onto my skin so I never have to apply it again???

  • Alissa L
    Alissa L 7 months ago

    Mark of the Beast!

  • Angela Bardon
    Angela Bardon 7 months ago


  • deeksha prasad
    deeksha prasad 7 months ago

    It's a good idea that the UV activated ink shows that it's time to apply sunscreen but how stable those ink are gonna be.? Because the soot or the dye used are in itself is a source of chronic irritation to skin cells.. Will Adding the heat sensitivity and UV sensitivity to them a safe idea?

  • Anni Psy
    Anni Psy 7 months ago


  • Charles Beckham
    Charles Beckham 7 months ago

    I know, how about a tattoo that allows a person to buy or sell. I recommend on the forehead or hand

  • DSlyde
    DSlyde 7 months ago +8

    This is very cool. I knew someone with CIPA. Because she couldn't feel temperature or regulate her own body temperature, she had some close calls with hyperthermia (usually hot days + physical exertion). This sounds like it would have been perfect for her.

  • Maggie Daniel
    Maggie Daniel 7 months ago

    This was such an amazing talk...

  • Pharll Slim
    Pharll Slim 7 months ago

    Excellent, I want one

  • Astral'o Pithecus
    Astral'o Pithecus 7 months ago +43

    A tattoo that tells if your blood's alcohol content is too high to drive.

  • Astral'o Pithecus
    Astral'o Pithecus 7 months ago +17

    I just hope they don't create a tattoo ink that tells if you're high on drugs and governments decide to make it compulsory for everyone.

    • whatsupbudbud
      whatsupbudbud 6 months ago +1

      Too many people use something so highly unlikely. Then again, plebs have little say in politics, so food for thought.

    • 2 Train
      2 Train 7 months ago

      Lisergiko bro

  • Birtha Butt
    Birtha Butt 7 months ago

    What a bunch of pedantic bull

  • Jarryd Watts
    Jarryd Watts 7 months ago +1

    10:40 Should have said.. "I believe the dye is the limit, for what we can do with high tech tattoos" Heh heh.

  • Nature's Infinite WELLth

    We are magical, sense-sation-all creatures, as all divine nature is. We don't need this. Don't mess with nature.

  • EF -
    EF - 7 months ago

    I already saw this video...
    Why did they repost it ?

  • Sean S
    Sean S 7 months ago +2

    I’m happy to donate my skin for ink tests, as long as I can pick the artist.

  • Sophie Hannig
    Sophie Hannig 7 months ago +2

    Need the solar freckle ASAP

  • Grendel's mom's boyfriend

    These are intriguing ideas, but some people can't get tattoos, and a lot of people wouldn't benefit from some of these tattoos.

  • Ibsizzle
    Ibsizzle 7 months ago

    Far Cry 3, anyone?

  • Ayham Ahmad
    Ayham Ahmad 7 months ago

    Great talk.keep up you detection about tattoos.

  • Eugene Lee
    Eugene Lee 7 months ago

    WTF lol liking the world more and more

  • Mike C
    Mike C 7 months ago +1

    Tattoos are gross.

  • Mike C
    Mike C 7 months ago +1

    Otzi is not alive and therefor not living.

    • Frank G
      Frank G 7 months ago

      Mike C Yeah this guy is an idiot.

  • Saad MAFiA
    Saad MAFiA 7 months ago

    the voice is a little high pitch, i put it one semitone down and it feels more natural, what's wrong with me !

  • Samisnotbritish
    Samisnotbritish 7 months ago

    Can I ask what the purpose of the nanocapsules is? Like I love all these ideas but couldn't the UV-sensitive dye just be directly used for the tattoo?

  • CelloAfterDark
    CelloAfterDark 7 months ago

    So cool!!

  • Scaliger me seduxit
    Scaliger me seduxit 7 months ago

    кольщик, наколи мне куполааа.

  • Kaymore Green
    Kaymore Green 7 months ago

    New RUclipr: Kaymore Green

  • Thompson L
    Thompson L 7 months ago

    Michael Jackson would have spearheaded this technology.

  • Coitus Scorpii
    Coitus Scorpii 7 months ago

    " older than the pyramids " ... 5300 years...

    • Coitus Scorpii
      Coitus Scorpii 7 months ago

      negative. there is absolutely no proof of this. the Egyptian archeological group would agree with you, but their ideas are biased. there is literally no record of it's age or construction.

  • Robin Wolf
    Robin Wolf 7 months ago +1

    What a cutie pie

  • J Norfleet
    J Norfleet 7 months ago

    Tattoos are like putting bumper stickers on a Lamborghini, they tell you everything you need to know about the driver 😂

  • Sato Yoshihisa 佐藤 由久

    Only stupid people do tattoo.

  • Paul Teich
    Paul Teich 7 months ago

    Do you know about the cobra snake tattoo Cult. In India they just have too many cobras so they take green ink mix it with cobra venom and start tattooing when you get to a certain amount of tattoo you’re immune to cobra venom and their bite and they go into peoples houses and remove cobras tattoos used for so many purposes I would like to find out if any of these people inoculated with cobra venom ever get sick again the answer is no And that is tattooing for health

  • Paul Teich
    Paul Teich 7 months ago

    I’m a doctor I have three tattoos one honors my healing Art one honors the witches who passed healing information along when they were the doctors there was no medical school and doctors only killed people and one of them honors 1000-year-old ninja martial art I studied under the grandmaster all his black belt Scott one I actually won a tattoo contest at a Harley Davidson convention oh aren’t I Alternative I’m on RUclip I’m in the Kindle book store blessings

  • Christopher Gruenwald
    Christopher Gruenwald 7 months ago +2

    How about a tattoo that protects your most vulnerable spots from uv instead of telling you to apply sunscreen.

    • Keith Klassen
      Keith Klassen 7 months ago

      Sadly that's impossible. Tattoos exist inside the skin, and cannot prevent UV from reaching the thing that covers them.