Trending: Apple Watch VS Tattooed Wrists

Posted by on June 3, 2015 in Tech Blog | 0 comments

Image Credit:

Image Credit:

It has been almost a month since the release of the Apple Watch and people are going nuts about it. Some people are just so obsessed with the latest technology and the Apple Watch did not escape that reality.

Some people have even bought the watch for their pets. With applications such as monitoring the health of an individual through heart rate, pet owners made a tiny innovation by using it to track the health state of their dogs and cats.

Crazy as it may be, the watch seems to be giving everyone a happy moment.

However, some people have discovered something about the might watch. Apple Watch users have found a glitch on the gadget and it has been buzzing the internet and social media sites about it.

The recently launched Apple Watch is again in the spotlight as users discovered that it loses connection and does not function well on tattooed skins.

The watch has a feature that reads the heart rate of the owner, as long as it is worn on the wrist. However, when it is placed over tattooed skin, the watch disconnects and consequently asks for the security PIN, something that it supposedly just does when taken off the wrist or loses contact with the skin.

The Apple Watch uses green LED lights paired with light-sensitive photodiodes to detect the amount of blood flowing through the wrist at any given moment. Blood is red because it reflects red light and absorbs green light. As a result, when the heart beats, it flows to the wrist and in effect, greater green light is absorbed in the area as well. By flashing its LED lights hundreds of times per second, the Apple Watch can calculate the heart rate of the person wearing it.

The ink in the wrists disrupts this function because it makes it harder for the Apple Watch to read the right colors that help determine heart rate and skin contact.

While it  is true that the company has vaguely explained how the watch works, it did not explicitly mention the problem in inked wrists. They only made the subtle disclaimer that it will still have the chance to malfunction for some people. This loophole in the gadget caused a lot of tattooed people who bought the watch to be greatly dismayed.

Who would not be, there was no prior notice that it would not work on them, and they already spent months worth of salary just to get their hands on the gadget, only to find out that it would not work for them. Some even have to camp out of the stores just to be one of the few people who get to experience the Apple Watch before the rest of the world does.

Well, at least, that has been found out. I am not sure if Apple plans to address this glitch and produce a tattoo-friendly Apple Watch in the next updates to come. But for the meantime, tattooed people will just have to make do with their iPhones for now.