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Moto X is engineering a new way to unlock your phone

This temporary digital “tattoo” will save you the trouble of unlocking your phone dozens of times a day.

Moto X Vivalnk
Moto X Vivalnk

On any given day, I unlock my phone roughly 90 times a day. Seriously, I do.

The average user unlocks his or her phone 39 times a day, and it takes 2.3 seconds to do it. More than 50% of users don’t even lock their phone, exposing themselves to a threat like a gazelle sipping water from a croc-filled pond.

Moto X started working on a way to make it easier for people to unlock their phones. Last year they launched Skip, a wearable clip to unlock your Moto X. This year they’ve announced a new form of unlocking device, a wearable digital tattoo from VivaLnk.

Essentially, it’s a temporary tattoo you put on your wrist.

Moto X VivaLnk

These digital tattoos are easy to put on and last for five days. They combine flexible electronic materials with leading-edge RF engineering. “It’s so comfortable, you’ll hardly notice its on,” claims Junfeng Mei, VP of technology for VivaLnk.

Here’s what it looks like:  

VivalLnk

My take: I don’t think I’d feel comfortable wearing one of these sensors on my wrist. And, if it only lasts five days, does that mean I have to keep buying new ones? Can you buy then in bulk?

Kevin is the founder and executive editor at KnowTechie. With over 15 years of blogging experience, Kevin has transformed what was once a passion project into a full-blown tech news publication. Shoot him an email at kevin@knowtechie.com

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