For all our patients who love tattoos, we’ve recently come across of a new kind of body art called “augmented reality tattoos.” Basically it’s a barcode that’s tattooed on your skin and, when viewed through a webcam, the tattoo turns into three-dimensional art and animates. Check out the video above to see what we’re talking about. This was created by a Buenos Aires firm called ThinkAnApp, which specializes in augmented reality.
The tattoos are a natural progression of this trend, but it’s still a little mind boggling to see.
There are a few downsides to this otherwise pretty cool tattoo technology. Let’s start with aesthetics. The tattoo seen in the video isn’t particularly pretty or interesting, so the only people who are going to say “cool tattoo” will be on the Internet (unless you can get it to work with your iPhone – expect that to happen soon). Second is that tattoos tend to fade and bleed over time. We’re not sure how this will affect the long-term functionality of the tattoo, but it’s something to consider before taking the plunge. And finally there’s the idea of being bar-coded. Maybe it’s just us, but there’s something a little sinister about having a barcode permanently imbedded in your skin. But there’s always tattoo removal, so things are less permanent than they once were. But still, it’s a little creepy.
Don’t expect to see these tattoos go away any time soon. As the web continues to push itself into the center of our relationships, body art like this will continue to grow in popularity. We hope that as this happens, the barcodes can be integrated more naturally into tattoo designs. And we look forward to seeing what comes next. After all the nature of these tattoos should allow their online AR art to be modified and changed to fit your mood, match your outfit or to “erase” the name of that “special someone” who is no longer worthy of being displayed on your body. The only thing left will be your imagination.