At the annual tech show in Dubai this week, IDC has announced its entry into the subdermal monitor wars. Sources in the company say that they believe that their Dermal Screen is more than capable of competing with the iSkin. Here's their official press release:
Soon to be a favorite of the badass longcoat, the harried corporate executive and the playful hacker, our Dermal ScreenÂ™ is a direct outgrowth of proven technologies. It combines a smartphone style screen with the subdermal displays perfected earlier in the decade with the BioMonÂ™ or BT Industries'sÂ® SkinWatchÂ™.
As befits a sythesis of such disparete technologies the IDCÂ® Dermal ScreenÂ™ is capable on nultiple modes of function. It is primarily a discrete I/O device capable of wirelessly linking with other devices to function as a keyboard, monitor, and pointing device. Because of our commitment to open standards at IDCÂ®, it is capable of communicating with most commercial available equipment.
Using data derived from our patented blood-based fuel cell technology, the Dermal ScreenÂ™ also has all the functions you grew to love with the BioMonÂ™, including real time information about you heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, blood oxygen levels, cholesterol, blood alcohol, and body temperature.
Additionally, it appears that when the screen is not in use you can set it to either display the time or a simple image. At this time, supported file types seem to be limited to jpeg, gif, and png but that will probably change by the time the Screen hits the market in a few weeks. Of course it's still using the same fuel cell found in IDC's older BioMon, so if your blood sugar or oxygen falls too low the screen will shut off; though, unlike in the case of the BioMon, which was billed as being a boon to first responders when it debuted, I don't think that matters quite as much. Until next time followers, keep soloing on.
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I like the idea, subdermal monitors. I can see this technology being used for performance artists, contracted employees, and so forth.
This seems like it needs a note on how it fits into society, and some fun tricks, like plots where some government official keeps passing out in the wrong places because someone stuck a virus in it to drive him into hypoglycemic shock..
Not bad, though it really needs a clearer description. It implies it with the title and dances about it, but I think it needs just a little more description. I at least needed to think about it a bit to properly visualize it.
Mental picture shows a guy with his forehead flashing - 'This Space for Rent'
And of course, this development is one step away from providing limited chameleon power.
Chameleon powers is something I did not think about... I saw it as simply like a smartphone screen in your forearm, or possibly in more noticable areas to do stuff like this: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/man-face-tattoos-companies-pay-removal-article-1.1294437 without the fact that actual tattoos are permanent.
I'm also leaning towards what Val said. I'm seeing this as more fitting stub material.