How Would You Like to Unlock your Smartphone with a Digital Tattoo?

As technology has progressed and gained momentum over the decades, one aspect that has remained nearly the same is our method of authentication. We got apple’s Touch ID last year which was a definite Level Up. On 26th June 2014, a Silicon Valley technology company known as VivaLnk announced the world’s first commercial eSkin electronics product - Digital Tattoo - that unlocks your Moto X smartphone.

Digital Tattoo, developed with Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group. ATAP is a small, agile skunkworks team within Google. The nickel sized, paper thin adhesive Digital Tattoo is worn on the wrist, states the company’s press release.

  • VivaLnk’s Digital Tattoo works on Motorola’s Moto X smartphone.
  • The team is also looking to expand to other devices and future versions of Android.
  • Digital Tattoo provides electronic authentication to unlock the phone for use, when worn by the smartphone user.
  • It makes logging into your device fast, easy and secure.
  • VivaLnk has developed eSkin™ technology where electronics, in an ultra-thin and flexible material, communicate with a user’s smartphone wirelessly.
  • Digital Tattoo is a disposable product and can be worn for approximately 5 days at a time and then replaced with another Digital Tattoo.
  • VivaLnk’s Program Manager, Brandon Barbello, stated in the release, that the Company has begun selling Digital Tattoo ten-packs via its website for $9.99.
  • After setting up Moto X, the user will have to separately activate a Digital Tattoo.
  • Simply tap the back of Moto X to your Digital Tattoo and follow the onscreen instructions.
  • For the first activation, the user will be prompted to re-enter his existing PIN and to set a master PIN.
  • For the remaining activations of the same tattoo the user has to pair the tattoo and simply tap to activate.
  • Digital Tattoo is a simple application of eSkin technology, but it is the first commercialized product of its kind, says the company.

  • The company foresees other products utilizing eSkin technology in health care, security, entertainment, and several other fields.

'After 40 years of advances in computation, we're still authenticating the same way we did years ago. In fact, it's gotten worse, because you don't do it once a day or twice a day, users are doing them 39 times a day and it takes them 2.3 seconds every time they do it; power users do it up to 100 times a day. We're thinking of a whole variety of options for how you could do better at authentication, head of Motorola's Special Projects division, Regina Dugan, told Nydaily. You can start with nearer-term things like tokens or fobs that might have NFC or Bluetooth embedded in them, or you can also think about a means of authentication that you could simply wear on your skin every day — like an electronic tattoo.'