Digital Tattoos: So Near In Our Future We Can ‘Feel’ It While we may be tempted to laugh at the idea, this future doesn’t seem too far off. VivaLnk has announced that they are releasing a ‘digital tattoo’ in collaboration with Motorola, which lets you unlock your mobile phone with a quick tap. The product that will be released is temporary, staying on your skin for up to 5 days, and costs $10 for a set of 10.
This comes in lieu of reports of companies showing interest in the prospect of ‘e-tattoos’. Last year, Forbes and BBC both reported that Nokia intends to look into haptic tattoos, a tattoo that would send vibrations into your skin based on commands from your phone. A permanent haptic tattoo would also attainable by using special ink capable of picking up specific magnetic field patterns, meaning that we’ll be able to feel a notification before we even hear it! Google’s Motorola Mobility also reportedly filed an patent last week with the U.S. Patent Office for a method of pairing the tattoos with mobile devices. The patent explains that the device would sit on the user’s neck and serve as a supplemental phone microphone and transceiver, much like the way you use a Bluetooth headset now. Since the tattoo sits near the mouth, it would be able to pick up clearer audio, reduce background noise, making voice commands easier and phones truly hands-free. Since the patent was filed with the same company as the one that worked with VivaLnk on the digital tattoo, it could be said that this is Google’s first step into this field.
The idea of a digital tattoo has already made waves, inciting feelings of either intrigue or disgust. To many, it is like a glimpse into the terrifying but probable future that popular culture and sci-fi stories have already hinted at. The idea of technology being embedded into our flesh almost seems to blur the […]