Apple Watch : The Tattoogate

jentheripper in Stories

The supreme gadget coveted by geeks around the world: the Apple Watch. But it seems that this expensive device is NOT for tattooed people.

Indeed, Guine55fan, a tattooed Reddit user, was the first to notice malfunctions in his recently purchased watch as it would not recognise his heartbeat on any section of tattooed skin. Quite disappointed, he tried to put it on the top of his hand, which was not tattooed, and the jewel of technology was suddenly acting right...

Apple watch and tattoos
Apple watch and tattoos

The phenomenon, dubbed "TattooGate", has quickly spread on internet, reinforced by an article on AppleInsider. The article explains that the dark inks of wrist and forearm tattoos are blocking a technology called "photoplethysmography". "Wrist detection relies on light sensors on the back of the device which also serve as a heart rate tracker [...]. The issue could be down to the materials that tattoo ink is made from. Many pigment bases are derived from heavy metals, like mercury, copper, or nickel, which may interfere with the sensors."

Apple and tattoos are not a happy couple...
Apple and tattoos are not a happy couple...

To still use your Apple Watch on your tattooed skin, you need to deactivate the sensors. But, is it worth buying such an expensive technology to not use it properly?

You can't use your Apple Watch with a tattoo like this one by @cstdvts. But what is better, an expensive gadget everyone can have or a ink masterpiece only made for you???
You can't use your Apple Watch with a tattoo like this one by @cstdvts. But what is better, an expensive gadget everyone can have or a ink masterpiece only made for you???

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That's an epic fail... Perhaps, as many tattoo medias have suggested it, you should save your money and get a new tattoo instead...

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