Electronic Tattoos Cool Tech or Too Much?

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Dennis Woodside, Motorola's chief executive, showed off its latest tattoo technology at the 11th All Things D conference (D11). Smartphone users who want to ditch their passwords could soon be able to use electronic tattoos, or even pills, to do the job.

Regina Dugan, Motorola's senior vice president of advance research demonstrated the tattoo at D11. She argued that there are great benefits to the tattoos and pills.

"Authentication is irritating," Dugan said. "In fact its so irritating only about half the people do it, despite the fact there is a lot of information about you on your smartphone, which makes you far more prone to identity theft."

"Having the boldness to think differently about problems that everybody has every day is really important for Motorola now."

Dr. Katherine Albrecht, author of the best-selling book Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID, talked more about the new technology on CBN's Newswatch, June 4.

The "biostamps" contain flexible electronic circuits that attach to the skin with a rubber stamp. To verify identity, users would just place their smartphone near their tattoo.

With the computer chip pills, once swallowed stomach acid powers tiny tablets, which give off an ECG trace that can MotoroVERIFY Identity.

Privacy advocates say they're concerned about these latest developments, but a motorola spokeswoman says the company won't be put off by people who find the technology "creepy."

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