At the D11 conference held in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Wednesday, Motorola has presented the Electronic Tattoo, a flexible electronic circuits that can be attached to the wearer’s skin using a rubber stamp.
The Biostamp electronic tattoo is developed by Massachusetts-based engineering firm MC10, made of silicon and contains an electrical circuit, antennae and sensors that bend and move with the wearer’s body. The tattoo is designed to help medical teams measure the health of their patients, thanks to the antennae and built-in sensors. It could also be adapted to work with smartphones to confirm the owner’s identity and log them in to accounts automatically, preventing thieves and other people from accessing the device
Among the other ideas discussed at the D11 conference were the authentication pills that people swallow. It contains a computer chip that can be powered like a battery using the acid in the wearer’s stomach. Once swallowed the ‘vitamin authentication pill’ creates an 18-bit ECG-like signal inside the wearer’s body that can be picked up by mobile devices and authentication hardware outside.