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Skin Motion App Turns Tattoo Into Sound Waves Using AR

March 22, 2018

A smartphone reading a sound wave tattoo.

Photo Courtesy of CNET

"I never thought I could turn my body into a loudspeaker. 

Here at CNET, I'm the sound guy. After spending over 15 years working in media production I have a passion for not only music, but sound in general. A few years ago, I thought it would be cool to get a sleeve tattoo comprised entirely of waveforms.  

I was poking around on Reddit a few months ago and stumbled upon a post about tattoos that can play sound via your phone. This was Skin Motion, the patent-pending augmented reality app developed by Nate Siggard that generates real-time sonic playback from your tattoo, a system it calls Soundwave. Could it have been more ideal for me? Get some ink and then use my phone camera to play my sound back at me as encoded right there on my skin? SIGN ME UP."

Read more about the use of AR to read sound wave tattoos.