Motorola wants you to unlock your phone with an NFC “tattoo”

Wearables, man. It used to be that if you wanted to be at the forefront of technology, having a smartphone in your pocket was all you needed. But now with smartwatches and the likes of Google Glass being picked up by new users every day, living on the bleeding edge means strapping a bunch of that gear right on to your body. Some of these futurists are taking things one step further, and today Motorola shares one of the ways users are doing just that, introducing a “tattoo” that lets Moto X owners unlock their phones.

Well, the VivaLnk Digital Tattoo may describe itself as such, but this is no capital-T tattoo; instead, the Digital Tattoo is an NFC-enabled sticker that’s designed to be worn on your arm for up to five days at a time.

Remember the Motorola Skip, the little Moto X NFC accessory you could use to unlock the phone? The Digital Tattoo works in exactly the same manner, but instead of carrying around Skip clipped to your clothing, you just adhere the Digital Tattoo to your wrist and forget about it.

Right now the Digital Tattoo only works with the Moto X, but the company is considering expanding to support other devices – though we wonder if any other OEMs are similarly enthusiastic. A ten-pack of Digital Tattoo stickers will run you just about ten dollars.

Source: Motorola, VivaLnk

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!