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Motorola explains why a "digital tatoo" is the best for unlocking your Moto X

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There have been rumors for a while that Motorola was working on some type of tattoo which would let you unlock your phone, and even though that accessory has been available for purchase for a few weeks, Motorola is just getting around to announcing it. The idea is sort of an extension of the Motorola Skip, which is the NFC tag that was released when the Moto X first hit the market, except now you can wear the tag.

The "digital tattoo" is aiming to make your device more secure, but make that security less of a hassle. According to Motorola, users unlock their devices an average of 30 times per day; and, with current security like patterns and passwords, it takes an average of 2.3 seconds to perform each unlock. It can be so cumbersome that about 50% of users don't even bother with device unlock security at all. Obviously, tapping your device on an NFC tag is much faster, which is why the Skip was made in the first place. But, Motorola thinks an easier option is the tattoo, which can be worn on your wrist for easy access. 

Unfortunately, it may not be the best option when it comes to your wallet. You can buy a pack of 10 tattoos for just $10, but each is only designed to last about 5 days. They are designed to withstand "showering, swimming, and vigorous activities like jogging", but even so that will add up to $73 (assuming shipping remains free) in tattoo tags per year, every year, compared to the Skip, which is a one-time cost of $10 plus shipping. There is also no mention of if you need to retrain your device for each tag every 5 days, or if all tags in the 10-pack are identical. The former would be annoying, and the latter could be a security problem if someone gets their hands on your extra tags. 

The tags look nice and are said to be thin and light enough that you don't really feel it. They are made and sold by Vivalnk, and are only available for in the U.S.. 


source: Motorola & Vivalnk

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posted on 22 Jul 2014, 21:19

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1385; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


they can keep the tatoo and sit on it

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 21:25 2

2. winter_hat (Posts: 106; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


No. No it's not.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 21:35 2

3. WinDroid (Posts: 77; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Tattoo isn't for most people. Best unlock is a Fingerprint reader.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 21:40 3

6. fzacek (Posts: 2229; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


My favorite one is the pattern-unlock on Android...

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 22:06

7. needa (Posts: 153; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


fingerprint takes too long.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 22:16 2

8. a_tumiwa (Posts: 301; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


i prefer NFC Ring, its faster than tattoo because u lay your phone on your palm

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 21:36

4. GreekGeek (Posts: 845; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Video presentation + music pays homage to Apple-style Johnny Ive c%ap we see all the time.

''In da Laaz Fothy yiuzz''

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 21:39 2

5. medicci37 (Posts: 716; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Does the tat happen to have 3 upside down nines on it?

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 23:00 1

9. Settings (Posts: 708; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Still not good. Pattern unlock is still good. 2 secs is enough to unlock a phone.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 23:28

10. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Less secure in more ways than one.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 00:41

11. nodnarb (Posts: 33; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


sounds like post rapture stuff... no thanks

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 03:24

12. abhayks (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


I prefer picture password on BB 10.2.1...fast and most effective...

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 04:35

13. Sealblaighter (Posts: 82; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I do not like the idea.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 05:45

14. alouden (Posts: 217; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I know folks complain about the fingerprint sensors, especially on the GS5. I used both the GS5 and Iphone fingerprint sensors and have to say that is probably the best way to unlock the phone. Both for me were fast and easy. Definitely better than what is proposed here.

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