Thursday, July 24, 2014

Moto X gets unlock via digital NFC Tattoo

The upcoming Android "L" will allow you to automatically unlock your smartphone based on specific bluetooth devices, WiFi networks, and the like, but Motorola didn't want to wait for it and is now touting the possibility to unlock your Moto X using a digital NFC tattoo.

Before you start worrying about digital ink flowing through your skin, I should tell you that these "digital tattoo" are actually flexible adhesive NFC tags created by VivaLnk. So, for all intents and purposes, it's just the same as placing a NFC sticker in your forearm. Then, you can simply associate that tag using Motorola Skip in order to bypass the unlocking password on your Moto X.

These tattoos should be good for up to 5 days, resisting showering, swimming, and all kinds of intensive training, and they're actually quite cheap: just $9.99 for a pack of 10. With it, Motorola says you'll be able to save the average 2.3s we use evertime we unlock our smartphone - something that can quickly add up as you do it dozens and dozens of time each and every day.

Personally, I think we'll be better off using some kind of more permanent device, like an activity tracker, to unlock our smartphones without having to worry with tattoo peeling off. But I can imagine several scenarios where an adhesive NFC tattoo could prove useful. What this makes me think is that we're getting closer to having this sort of tags implanted under our skin, making it a more permanent solution.

Would you be willing to have a chip embedded in you to save you a few seconds? :)

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