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Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors 403

An anonymous reader writes: A number of early Apple Watch adopters have complained that their tattoos cause interference with many of the new product's key features. According to multiple tattooed sources, inked wrists and hands can disrupt communication with the wearable's sensors installed in the underside of the device leading to malfunction. Owners of Apple Watch have taken to social media to voice their frustration using the hashtag #tattoogate and sharing their disappointment over the newly discovered Apple flaw. One user reported that the Watch's lock system did not disable as it should when the device was placed on a decorated area of skin – forcing those affected to constantly enter their security pins. A further source suggested that notification alerts would fail to 'ping' as they are supposed to, and that heart rate monitoring differed significantly between tattooed and non-tattooed wrist readings.
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Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors

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  • Struggle (Score:5, Funny)

    by kv9 ( 697238 ) on Thursday April 30, 2015 @09:16AM (#49585263) Homepage
    The ultimate hipster struggle is real!
    • This means 100% Hip just cannot happen!
      Me I have no interest in either having an Apple Watch (unless it goes down by $200) and I don't want a Tattoo.
      But I never was Hip anyways, back in my day it was called cool.

      • Re:Struggle (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Penguinisto ( 415985 ) on Thursday April 30, 2015 @10:13AM (#49585955) Journal really should see it in action though. As someone who lives in Portland, OR... I can, even now, hear the distant howls of heart-rending anguish from the many coffeeshops drifting up to my office. You'd think that skinny jeans were banned or something.

        Okay, just (half-) joking.

        I'm slightly amused at it though - no one really thought it through that if you put colored shit in your dermis** , it will interfere with a device that relies on skin capacitance for some of its features? Really? Are we that damned ignorant (and overly-entitled) as human beings, or is my beard just getting too many gray hairs in it?

        ** I have four tattoos about my body, incidentally, so all you 'inked' mofos can keep your righteous indignation to yourselves. ;)

        • Re:Struggle (Score:5, Informative)

          by Dixie_Flatline ( 5077 ) <vincent.jan.goh@gm[ ].com ['ail' in gap]> on Thursday April 30, 2015 @12:51PM (#49587699) Homepage

          It's not about capacitance. The watch shines different coloured light through the skin and monitors colour changes to figure certain things out. Ink is going to absorb or reflect that light in a way that the watch isn't calibrated to handle. Ink isn't melanin, so darker skinned people won't have the same problems.

          My sleeves look a lot better than an Apple watch ever could, but I may just barely have enough open skin to wear one if I wanted to.

      • Re:Struggle (Score:5, Funny)

        by NoNonAlphaCharsHere ( 2201864 ) on Thursday April 30, 2015 @10:37AM (#49586223)
        I'm not so sure that's true. I think that wearing an Apple watch even though it doesn't work, due to your rad ink might even make it hipper.
        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          Just to be clear, we're all joking about Apple only being popular with hipsters, but in main-stream numbers. Correct?

    • Re:Struggle (Score:5, Funny)

      by netsavior ( 627338 ) on Thursday April 30, 2015 @10:02AM (#49585811)
      first they made the iphone 6+ incompatible with skinny jeans and now this. Next thing you know ornate beards will wreck the facial recognition in iPhoto or whatever they call it now.
    • Re:Struggle (Score:5, Informative)

      by j2.718ff ( 2441884 ) on Thursday April 30, 2015 @10:02AM (#49585821)

      The ultimate hipster struggle is real!

      Since when do hipsters care about whether their fashion is actually functional or not? Having a watch that doesn't fully work may be more hipster than one that does.

    • Re:Struggle (Score:5, Funny)

      by NotDrWho ( 3543773 ) on Thursday April 30, 2015 @10:15AM (#49585979)

      Oh god, please tell me that the screen can at least tolerate a small amount of mustache wax and that its alarms won't interfere with the warm sound of my vinyl records!!

    • by ncc74656 ( 45571 ) *
      What I want to know is this: how did he afford an Apple Watch on a record-store clerk's pay?
  • by bytethese ( 1372715 ) on Thursday April 30, 2015 @09:18AM (#49585283)
    You're saying that pigments with metal particles in them are blocking certain wavelengths of light from penetrating the skin? I'm shocked. I'm shocked, Cotton!
    • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 30, 2015 @09:23AM (#49585363)

      The fact that there's a technical issue isn't what matters. What matters is that they apparently either didn't think to test it, or didn't warn purchasers that it might be an issue.

      • by NatasRevol ( 731260 ) on Thursday April 30, 2015 @09:35AM (#49585487) Journal

        Um, actually they did. []

    • Also, #clickbaitheadlines not withstanding, it's true for all the wrist type devices.

      • by Khyber ( 864651 )

        "Also, #clickbaitheadlines not withstanding, it's true for all the wrist type devices."

        You mean all wrist devices that aren't ENGINEERED WITH REALITY IN MIND AND ONLY FOCUS ON HIPSTER BULLSHIT.

  • obligatory (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 30, 2015 @09:20AM (#49585321)

    you're wearing it wrong

  • by paiute ( 550198 ) on Thursday April 30, 2015 @09:23AM (#49585361)
    Apple is trying to move away from being perceived as the hardware of choice of nose-ringed tattoo-sleeved hipsters. This ink incompatibility is not a bug but a feature.
  • Didn't include Apple Store employees.
  • by argStyopa ( 232550 ) on Thursday April 30, 2015 @09:27AM (#49585409) Journal

    ...hipster tragedy*:

    "Oh no, my trendy tattoo is interfering with my Apple Smart watch! What ever will I do?"

    *also called comedy by the rest of us.

    • by MrKaos ( 858439 )

      ...hipster tragedy*:

      "Oh no, my trendy tattoo is interfering with my Apple Smart watch! What ever will I do?"

      *also called comedy by the rest of us.

      I'd call it irony.

      They threw away their watches because the iPhone freed them from wearing it and got sleeves because it was trendy to limit their employment options for the rest of their lives.

      The irony is that a new trendy thing can only be worn by people who probably think tattoos are lame and don't really care about being an early iMustGetTheLatestTrendyAppleThing adopter. They're probably thinking 'my tattoos aren't so trendy anymore and it's all Apples fault because iWant an iWatch`.

      Now if I cou

  • by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Thursday April 30, 2015 @09:30AM (#49585431) Homepage
    Im sure fellow readers are concerned about the $10,000 version of the apple watch, and as an early adopter I am truly livid. If the watch comes into contact with my tattoo of the spirit of extacy riding a diamond into tattooine astride a golden dove the sensors stop working entirely. The watch is also difficult to locate as im sure most people have undoubtedly found out. I had to search all five bedrooms on the yacht just to find the darn thing! Also the watch has difficulty determining if or when I am wearing the rare jade oriental pendant of everlasting immortality, and just last weekend I had to buy a new one after I bumped into the caviar chafing dish and spilled lemon rochette truffle remoulade on the band.

    Its not that apple doesnt make an excellent product, they truly do! But I for one am getting tired of having to take the same bently to the same helicopter every other week to send my manservant into the apple "store" as the common people call it to have it replaced. A man can only tolerate so much car champagne before the aftertaste of the lox comingling with the alsace vintage becomes too much to bear.
  • No way! (Score:5, Funny)

    by rail2rail ( 4002677 ) on Thursday April 30, 2015 @09:42AM (#49585575)
    Who could have possibly predicted your sleeve tattoo would limit your options later in life??
  • by linebackn ( 131821 ) on Thursday April 30, 2015 @09:43AM (#49585589)

    Ick. I've never understood why people get tattoos. While I can respect the idea of using the human body as a canvas for art, it just doesn't come across as such. Perhaps it is just the way my brain is wired, when I see a tattoo my brain instinctively registers it as "damage" and that the person may be injured or ill. Certainly others must have the same instinctive reaction, yet it seems even more people are doing that these days.

    • by Viol8 ( 599362 )

      Its just another fashion trend for sheeple. Most of the idiots getting covered in tattoos right now, in 20 years time - when they look about as trendy as orange flared trousers and Maori Dragon on their arm with all the baggy skin now looks like he ate too many goats and fell down the mountain hitting every boulder on the way down - will be the ones whining that they can't afford the laser treatment to have them removed.

    • when the skin begins to sag
    • I think tattoos are stupid. That's why I don't have any. I can say this for a lot of things other people like. I don't understand why someone would do it, but as long as nobody does it to me, I'm not bothered by it.

  • by gnasher719 ( 869701 ) on Thursday April 30, 2015 @09:44AM (#49585601)
    If you want a tattoo on your wrist, either put it on the wrist where you wouldn't wear a watch, or go to some competent tattoo artist who will be able to advise you what kind of ink will affect your skin more or and which one will affect it less; consider that the Apple Watch is just the start of wearing things around your wrist. .
    • consider that the Apple Watch is just the start of wearing things around your wrist. .

      And here I thought the cellphone was the END of wearing things around my wrist....

  • You have tattoos? No soup for you!


  • Again? (Score:2, Troll)

    Another Apple fail that everyone will make excuses for.
  • Apple flaw? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by DarkOx ( 621550 ) on Thursday April 30, 2015 @10:02AM (#49585823) Journal

    over the newly discovered Apple flaw.

    How is it Apples fault your body contains a deposit of metallic pigments where there should be none?

    Seems more like a defect in the wearer to me.

  • So, now that we're all frothing at the mouth and getting our pitchforks, has anyone bothered to check if other smart watches or fitness trackers have same issues or it's only Apple's?

    Just curious if this is something endemic to the entire category or only the technology Apple used in their watch.

  • "Wah! I changed the wheels on my car and now the hubcaps I wanted to buy don't fit anymore! Somebody MAKE them make those hubcaps to fit a 13.5" Russian army surplus wheel!"

  • Target Demographic (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jmac_the_man ( 1612215 ) on Thursday April 30, 2015 @11:30AM (#49586835)
    This sucks for Apple especially since the target demographic for this product is poor decision makers, like people who get wrist tattoos or buy Apple stuff.

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