After finally hitting the markets on Friday and having reached ground-breaking numbers in pre-orders, the Apple Watch is the it accessory of the moment. But a first glitch of the product has just gotten on the Internet. It seems that the Apple Watch is not compatible with wrist tattoos.
This is an issue that should have been foreseen by manufacturers, since it obviously clashes with the basic principles of the device. First of all, the Apple Watch can only fully function while it has close contact with your skin and the method that it uses to assess its proximity to your skin is your heartbeat.
The watch can receive information about the heartbeat by hitting the skin with green LED lights hundreds of times per second. The green light is absorbed by the red blood and so, the device can read the heart rate of its user.
It seems that dark color tattoos, especially in red and black render incorrect information to the Apple Watch, because the red color of the tattoo will absorb the green LED light as well as the blood, and black has ability to absorb both green and red lights, and therefore further complicates the mechanism.
People with tattoos have observed that they cannot use certain apps, they do not receive any notifications and they are constantly asked to provide passwords and PIN codes. Videos of people making several experiments in order to get to the bottom of the Apple Watch tattoo problem have reached the internet only days after its release.
People have compared how the watch works on plain skin with how it works on skin tattooed in different colors. And the conclusions were that it does work on light-color tattoos, precisely because it does not affect the mechanism.
Then, the internet has tried to come up with solutions, however empirical. The one thing that everybody seems to suggest is that people facing this problem simply use the watch on their other hand. But since this not always possible among tattoo aficionados, something else has to be done.
There is always the compromise of turning off the watch’s “Wrist Detection” function, so that it stops asking for passwords, but this comes at a high price, since Apple Play can no longer be used at this point.
Despite the fact that the Apple Watch is not compatible with wrist tattoos, which imply artificially colored skin, it does not have any problems with naturally colored skin, since this is translucent and the LED lights will work just fine. Taking into account just how many people love ink on their skin, it looks like the Apple Watch needs to provide an update to fix this issue and fast!
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