Moto X owners now have one of the weirdest and easiest ways to unlock their phone: An NFC digital tattoo. On Tuesday, Motorola wrote a blog introducing a product designed by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group and VivaLnk Inc., that can unlock a Moto X with a simple wrist tap. It’s called Digitial Tattoo, and it’s essentially a temporary tattoo with NFC capability embedded. The nickel-sized tattoo has a looped, chrome design and the adhesive only lasts five days. Supposedly it can last through jogging, showering, and other rigorous or wet activities. You can buy a pack of 10 Digital Tattoos from Vivalink for $9.99, although they’re currently on back order.
I actually find the idea pretty cool, since I never lock my phone simply to avoid fumbling with it. Something like this would allow me to keep my Moto X secure without much hassle. All that said, $9.99 for 50 days of mobile security convenience is no better than the NFC device called Skip, which does the same thing for $9.99 and is a permanent pocket clip.
For the full rundown and video explanation on the Digital Tattoo for the Moto X, read on below.
A phone should be as unique as you are—not only in the design of your device, but how you use it. Last year at the All Things D “D11” conference, Regina Dugan talked about new digital tattoo technology that would make it easier to unlock your phone. Now the moment is here: We’re excited to see this new technology brought to life for Moto X by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group and VivaLnk Inc.