Last year, Motorola released a wearable clip device called the Skip that can unlock your Motorola phone when the two devices make contact. For $9.99 the wearer can comfortably unlock their phone without the extra hassle involved in entering pass-codes. Unfortunately, and just like smartphones, the Skip can be stolen, making it a less than ideal option for phone security, albeit a nifty one. Still, it was a novel idea at best and a rather silly alternative to the Touch ID sensor that Apple announced during the same year.
Recently, Motorola announced the Digital Tattoo from Vivalnk. This “tattoo” is essentially a sticker designed to adhere to your skin for up to five days under normal conditions. It can be exposed to heat, water and other daily extremes without falling off. Just like the Skip, Motorola’s Digital Tattoo will unlock your phone when they come into contact. However, unlike the Skip, the Digital Tattoo is not permanent and must be purchased in packages of ten for $9.99.
Although some may argue that the Digital Tattoo is the “mark of the beast” and a sign of the end of times, it is really just a low tech response to the high tech security features released by the company’s competition. The idea seems cool, but compared to Apple’s alternative or the fingerprint scanner in Samsung’s Galaxy S5, it appears Motorola is trying to play catch up. However, the technology could be useful in other fields like corporate security, high tech weapons recognition, and various government security applications. It shows promise as a stand-alone technology, but not where smartphones are concerned.