The Future of Tattoos? Digital Graphic Implants to be Viewed on Smartphones
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2013 Aug 28
Tattoos are skin deep, but new technology can now get them under your skin.
Artist Anthony Antonellis has implanted an RFID chip in his hand, creating what could arguably be the first-ever digital tattoo. The chip stores 1KB of data, and generates a GIF that is only viewable with a smartphone.
Similar to a floppy disk, content on the chip can be swapped out, and replaced with any image or text file that is less than 1KB in size. The chip is embedded inside Antonellis' hand, between his thumb and index finger, and is not much larger than a grain of rice.
The project's aim is to introduce a new way for art to be viewed and stored.