Katia Vega | Curiosity Project

What if you could send a text by touching your hair? Or pay for coffee with your fingernail? UC Davis assistant professor Katia Vega always wondered why traditional beauty products and methods didn’t seem to change much over the decades. So she set out to discover how we can make our bodies interactive platforms, embedding technology into our hair, fingernails, and even skin. The result is a revolutionary new field called Beauty Technology. Beyond beauty, some of Katia’s discoveries may have practical health benefits, like color-changing tattoos that alert their viewers when their blood sugar levels drop.