Google isn't the only team working on digital tattoos, with a new adhesive patch that can not only track biometrics but administer drugs being developed that could potentially revolutionize how long-term conditions like Parkinson's disease and epilepsy are treated. The 0.003 millimeter thick sticky patch is the handiwork of a team at the University of Texas in Austin, and layers sensors, onboard storage, medication, and microheaters into a Band-Aid scale rectangle.
Google will keep hold of Motorola's Advanced Technology & Products group even after handing over Motorola Mobility to Lenovo, it's been confirmed, the skunkworks team behind the Project Ara modular phone and high-tech treats like digital tattoos. The news, revealed during a post-announcement call by Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing, means Google will keep hold of the experimental team working on projects like a smartphone which can be upgraded in pieces, and digital pills that can wirelessly deliver health information after being swallowed.
A patent application has been made public this week which shows Motorola to be thinking about creating "tattoo stickers" that would be applied to a users throat. These aren't the same sort of temporary tattoos you'd have gotten in 12-packs of Barqs rootbeer in the 90's, but a sort of sticker that'd be just a bit more long-lasting. What Motorola proposes here is that the user would keep this sticker/tattoo on their throat and use it as a microphone for their smartphone - one that could do just a bit more than listen to what you're saying.
Motorola's Skip accessory for the Moto X is the first in the company's steps to "superpower-like" authentication options, a clip-on NFC dongle intended to preserve both security and simplicity from the context-aware smartphone. Skip - which will initially be bundled with all Moto X orders placed through the Moto Maker site - clings to a coat, jeans pocket, or bag, and instantly unlocks the Moto X whenever they're tapped together, streamlining the "Touchless Control" system where Google Now is always listening. It's the first sign of what Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects Group chief Regina Dugan promised was in development back in May.
Motorola dropped some jaws this week, when Advanced Technology and Projects Group chief Regina Dugan revealed the company's tinkering on digital tattoos, week-long implanted electronics that could free you from the tyranny of remembering passwords. Dugan - a former DARPA head - described the tattoo as perfect for a wearables market targeting users that don't actually bother wearing watches any more, instead turning the body into a walking authentication token. She also namechecked mc10, a company not unfamiliar to SlashGear, as the brains behind the flexible tattoo-tech, but just what's inside?
Motorola's big vision for mobile isn't just the Moto X smartphone: the company also has wearable, tattoo-embedded, and even swallowable gadgets in the pipeline. Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects Group chief Regina Dugan - former DARPA chief - showed up at D11 sporting an electronic tattoo that could be worn on the skin for a week at a time, and used to cut through the numerous authentication processes we go through every day.
According to a recent patent application, Nokia wants to create tattoos that give you a tingly feeling when you receive a call or text on your smartphone. Simply getting haptic feedback on your phone isn't enough, apparently. Nokia now wants your skin to vibrate via a temporary or permanent tattoo using magnetic ink.
QR codes are becoming increasingly popular in a variety of settings. In 2010, Calvin Klein introduced the QR code on Billboards in Downtown New York and L.A.Those with smartphones have been able to do a quick Google search to get the desired information on a product, for example, but there was that extra stop required to type our search into the browser and then trudge through websites to get what we were looking for. The use of these codes negate the middle steps and allow for quick, easy access of information. Well, that's not all these codes are good for.
Video footage of a woman apparently having the profile photos of her 152 Facebook friends tattooed down her arm has been confirmed as a promotional hoax. Tattoo artist Dex Moelker admitted to Dutch newspaper Telegraaf that it was all part of a campaign for a firm specializing in personalized Facebook gifts, and the tattoo was in fact temporary.
People are just plain weird sometimes. I like Facebook as much as the next guy. It's a great place to keep up with all those people you sort of know but don't want to spent time with in real life. It's also a great place to find things to mock your pals about since most tend to over share on the social network. One woman has taken her love of Facebook and the folks on her friends list to an extreme level.
We have seen tech fans get some weird tattoos over the years. Back in December we talked about the guy who got the Verizon logo tattooed on his hand. That was certainly a geeky tattoo, and now we have a guy, who has had another even geekier tattoo drawn on his forearm. The tattoo in question is something that many Nintendo 3DS owners will recognize.