Tattoos have long been a way to express yourself, and thanks to new technology, they could soon allow you to add an extra dimension to your body art.
Skin Motion is an app that creates tattoo designs from audio clips, which can be played back via your smartphone.
The futuristic technology, which will be available from June, could allow users to memorialise loved ones who have been lost, by capturing their voices from existing recordings.
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A Los Angeles-based tattoo artist has created an app that will allow you to create body art designs from audio clips of noises, spoken words and music which can then be played back on a smartphone (pictured)
Los Angeles-based tattoo artist Nate Siggard has created soundwave tattoos from audio recordings.
His company’s app, which is expected to launch in June, creates waveform patterns from recorded sounds – whether noises, spoken words, music or a combination of these elements.
It creates designs up to one minute long that the app is able to read via a smartphone’s camera and play back to you.
The app is able to recognise the waveform pattern, which is linked to an audio file of the originally submitted recording.
And it could even allow users to memorialise loved ones who have been lost, by capturing their voices from existing recordings.
The app is the brainchild of Los Angeles-based tattoo artist Nate Siggard.
His app can create waveform patterns from audio clips up to one minute long.
The designs can be made up of any recorded sounds – whether noises, spoken words, music or a combination of these elements – which can they be tattooed onto your skin.
The app is able to read back the designs it creates via a smartphone’s camera and play them back to you.
It will let you capture messages from friends and family, or even your favourite lyrics from a song.
The firm says that of the thousands of messages they have already received, the majority of enquiries have been about preserving the memory of people who have passed on.
While this unique combination of technology and art has prompted some sceptics to question whether the app is a hoax, its creator insists it will be the genuine article.
A tattoo artist in Los Angeles named Nate Siggard has managed to create tattoos you can listen to. Whether it’s your favorite track or the voice of a loved one, you’ll be able to wear it on your skin and play it back through an mobile app whenever you want.
It all started when two friends got the opening line from Tiny Dancer tattooed by Nate Siggard. Then, Nate’s girlfriend Juliana said “wouldn’t it be cool if you could listen to the tattoo?” and Nate quickly realized that he could make that happen. Nate decided he needed one of his own, with Juliana and their 4 month old baby saying “I love you” and filmed it to share online.
He posted the video on Facebook the next day, and it immediately went viral. Messages started pouring in from people all over the world who wanted to get one too. Nate quickly realized the potential for a way to make Soundwave Tattoos available for everyone. After writing the patent for personalized augmented reality tattoos, he launched Skin Motion – a new app that brings tattoos to life.
Here’s how it works: the app/website generate a sound wave pattern out of any 1 minute song or audio. Once you get your design, you can get it tattooed with a certified Skin Motion tattoo artist.
24 hours after you get your tattoo done, Skin Motion animate the overlay and add it to the app so you could play the original audio file attached to the tattoo as many times as you want. Nate gives a demonstration on how it works in the video below.
The app has yet to be released, but Siggard’s company Skin Motion is planning to have it available in June 2017.