Despite the fact the it only takes 2,3 seconds to unlock your phone, companies are always looking for a faster and safer way to do it. We’ve been through pin code, pattern lock, face detection and fingerprint scanner. Now it’s time for Motorola’s Digital Tattoo.
The product, initially aimed for Moto X users is a temporary sticker for the skin, which may be removed at any time. When you tap your cell on the sticker, the mobile screen is unlocked automatically – not requiring any pins or paterns.
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The idea was announced last year at the All Things D technology conference and now out in the market place. The project was created by a Google and VivaLnk partnership and uses NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, which enables the wireless exchange of information – in this case, tapping the phone to the sensor.
The company said the tattoos are the size of a coin, designed to last up to five days and can be used in the shower and during physical activities such as swimming and running. In a statement, Motorola said the product was made to make locking and unlocking smartphones faster, safer and less stressful.
According to their advertisement, “An average user takes 2.3 seconds to unlock their phone and does this about 39 times a day—a process that some people find so inconvenient that they do not lock their phones at all. Using NFC technology, digital tattoos make it faster to safely unlock your phone anywhere without having to enter a password.”
A pack of 10 tattoos cost US$10, not including shipping. Taking into account that each tattoo lasts 5 days, you would spend in one year, around US$70. So, is it worth spending that money to save 30 seconds of your day? Now that’s up to you.