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Last week, Motorola filed a patent application for an "electronic skin tattoo" that "provides auxiliary voice input to a mobile communication device." As PCMag.com put it, "Sweet microphone transceiver and power supply neck tat, man."
What the electronic tattoo does is transmits audio to a controller, which then sends it along to the accompanying mobile device, like your smartphone or tablet. Essentially it can be the ultimate in hands-free telephone calls or just voice commands for a device. Oh, and it could also act as a lie detector in monitoring voice patterns.
The patent application naturally came onto my radar because the use of the word "tattoo." As PSFK.com notes, "the company has a habit of being loose with their definition of 'tattoo'." And one would naturally think that we're talking about stick-on tech tattoos; however, when I quickly looked over the patent, I didn't find it specified. Even Engadget highlighted that the patent reads likes it's a permanent throat tattoo.
Should it be conceived as a permanent electronic tattoo, it won't be the first marriage of tattoos and tech. Here's a list of some posts that have also filled our cyborg tattoo fantasies:
The intersection of tattooing and technology is fascinating and full of possibilities. We've seen scannable bar code tattoos, augmented reality tattoos, and even a CNC automatic tattoo machine. While these examples have a definite cool factor, they have tended to be less artful. And that's why I was very excited to see this use of tattoo tech that combines a custom tattoo by a respected artist and interactivity (beyond strangers trying to touch and ask its deep meaning).
Tattoo artist Karl Marc of the wonderful Mystery Tattoo Club in Paris tattooed a design incorporating a matrix code that, when scanned, presented an animation of the tattoo. The animated tattoo, which is deemed the first of its kind, is part of Ballantines' Human API project and their "Leave an Impression" promotion.
As you can see in the video above, Ballantines live streamed Karl Marc tattooing the work (on June 16th), and during the four-hour session, the artist discussed his process and also interacted with online viewers who logged into the Human API Facebook Page. You can see the text chat popping up in the video, as many offered suggestions for the work and made profound statements like "Ouch."
Another note on the tech: As the code triggers online content and the URL associated can be changed, Karl's client, Marco, will be able to change the animation whenever he wants (he already has an additional animation on top of the one showed on the video).
The next Human API video will take place on July 14th with a graffiti artist "mixing spray and user interactivity." You can take part in that on their Facebook page as well.
For more on Karl Marc's tattoo work, check his online portfolio.
UPDATE: Some people have brought up hygiene issues in placing the smart phone on the fresh tattoo. Here's Ballantines response: "It's been cut in the edited video, but during the actual session, Karl cleaned and sterilized thoroughly both Marco's chest and the device before triggering the code. [...] The last thing we (and surely Karl) want to do is to promote unprofessional tattooing."
I was looking to download new photo apps for my iPhone yesterday and there was this tattooed baby staring me down, taunting me like a tattooed Barbie doll. So, like I did with Babs, I bought it. I will fork over $1.99 for you, dear reader, so you don't have to should the app suck. The problem is that I'm totally on the fence as to the suckage of this app, so let me list the pros and cons and you can decide.
First, Sonic Boom created the Tattoo Shop app for all phones supported by AT&T, Alltel, Sprint, and Verizon. This is a plus in itself. My review, however, is based on how it worked on my iPhone. Here goes:
For almost two bucks, it's not bad for tons of ironic fun. You decide.