Motorola shows off digital tattoos and smart pills, not afraid to think outside the box

by: Andrew GrushMay 30, 2013


Yesterday at the D11 Conference, Motorola took the stage and revealed some truly epic news. Not only did we learn that the X Phone is in fact real, the company also unveiled its plans for unique authentication devices in the future.

The first of these technologies is a prototype electronic tattoo that Motorola’s SVP for advanced technology, Regina Dugan, wore on her arm. According to Regina, the tattoo could potentially replace traditional authentication methods for logging into devices like your phone or tablet. The tattoo would only need to changed out once a week.

Regina also commented on how wearable tattoos might be more exciting to younger people than devices like smartwatches. In her words, “teenagers might not want to wear a watch, but you can be sure they’ll wear a tattoo just to piss off their parents.”


While the tattoo certainly is unique, it has nothing on the second prototype shown off by Motorola, a pill created by Proteus Digital Health.

That’s right, Motorola hopes to someday bring us a pill that you can ingest that basically turns YOU into an authentication token. The idea is that the pill’s electronics would be powered by the acid in your stomach and could create an 18-bit signal in your body.

According to Regina, the pill technology has been successfully tested and is even approved by the FDA. Just don’t expect either the tattoo or pill to ship anytime soon, as they are both still “works in progress”. The bigger take away is that Motorola isn’t afraid to try new things and is openly thinking about the future of wearable (and ingestable?) technologies.

Motorola might not be the biggest player in the mobile world, but I certainly wouldn’t count the company down and out. What do you think of these unique authentication methods, could you see yourself using either one of these?

  • Edward Smith


    • iSheep?

      • Marc Sommer

        isheep, why?

        • Pretty sure they were calling Edward Smith iSheep due to calling a unique and innovative idea garbage, assuming that they only feel that way since it is Motorola.

    • Marc Sommer

      Why is it garbage?

  • no rply

    so mark of beast is here

  • Doru Zamfir Dejeu

    now we laugh because our parents do not understand certain technologies, but one day our children will laughs us

  • Vic the Greek

    Revelation 13: 16 ” And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
    17 ” and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
    18 ” Here is wisdom, Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man: and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
    (King James Version translated the year of our Lord Jesus Christ 1611)
    To avoid hell, don’t let them put this tattoo ID on you see Revelation 14:11

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  • abe

    Jesus is coming this is proof how satan is already here people wake upRevelation 14:9-13 NKJV

    Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”

  • boomkoo

    well good thing im saved no electric tatto for me

  • JL

    Mark of the beast