Skin Motion’s augmented reality tattoos can be read and played back by a phone.
Mobile app and artist platform for augmented reality tattoos, Skin Motion, launched its first product in June. Soundwave Tattoos enable people to experience their ink in a new way, offering an app that reads a tattoo and plays back the audio.
The idea came about when two friends got the opening line from Elton John’s Tiny Dancer tattooed by Nate Siggard. Nate’s girlfriend Juliana said it would be cool if you could listen to the tattoo and Nate realized that he could make that happen. He had one with Juliana and their baby saying “I love you” and filmed it to share online. The video went viral and people from all over the world showed their interest in getting a similar tattoo. Nate filed a provisional patent for AR tattoos and set out to develop a mobile app that would bring tattoos to life for anyone who also wanted to get one.
With Soundwave Tattoos, people will be able to upload or record the audio they want on the app or website. A Soundwave is generated, which they can take to a licensed tattoo artist from their Artist Network. Once the artist does the tattoo, a photo of it is uploaded to the platform. The audio and tattoo are then processed and added to the app. When the user opens the app and points their mobile device’s camera at the tattoo, it recognizes the shape of the Soundwave and plays back the original sound.
Soundwave Tattoos are a new way to express yourself using art and technology. You could memorialize a loved one forever, or keep a favorite song or quote with you permanently.