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Google ATAP designed Digital Tattoo arrives, easily unlocks the Moto X

Before Google ATAP left Motorola, they had shown off a project for a digital tattoo that would make it easy to unlock smartphones. The tattoo has now arrived through partnership with a company called VivaLnk.
June 27, 2014

A little over a year ago now, the then-Motorola-controlled Advanced Technologies Group took to the stage at the D11 Conference, revealing a few interesting projects including a smart pill and a tattoo, both of which were designed to make authenticating your phone a breeze — without the need for passwords and pins.

While the smart pill is probably still a ways off, the latter of these projects has now reached commercial availability! The new “Digital Tattoo” is produced by VivaLnk, a Silicion Valley tech company that it developed with the cooperation of Google’s ATAP group. Just like what was shown off last year, the tattoo lasts for 5 days before needing changed out and uses NFC technology to unlock your phone quickly. For those wondering, the tattoo is completely water proof as well, so need to worry about that.

the digital tattoo lasts for 5 days before needing changed out and uses NFC technology to unlock your phone quickly

At the moment, Digital Tattoo is exclusively available for the Moto X, but the company is planning to eventually bring support to other devices as well. As for the costs, the VivLnk Digital Tattoo is sold in packs of ten at a price of $9.99. That means a pack should last you 50 days, providing the last as well as promised. It’s certainly debatable whether or not it’s worth buying multiple packs of digital tattoos each year just to authenticate your phone, but this is still admittedly a pretty cool idea.

To order a pack for your Moto X, you’ll want to head over to their website. For those interested but without a Moto X, VivaLnk has a webpage where you can express your interest and let them know what phone you are rocking, so they can decide whether or not there’s enough interest to bring the tech to other devices.