Tattoos stop your Apple Watch from working properly?

29 April 2015

flag tattoo man Have you got tattoos? Got a '50s pin-up girl on your arm like you're a sailor, riddled with scurvy? Have you got a butterfly next to your navel? Well, you should be okay if you buy one of the new Apple Watches.

However, if you have one on your wrist, you might have problems.

Apple Watch users on a number of social media sites have noted that their expensive gadgets lose connection and delivers inaccurate heart rate results if you've got wrists with tattoos on them.

It seems like the watch's plethysmograph sensor doesn't like the ink pigmentation of tattooed people and it can't properly assess whether or not it is maintaining skin contact.

iMore decided to run some tests, and they said "we're inclined to agree with those early reports — if your tattoo happens to be a solid, darker color. This is has to do with the way Apple measures your heart rate." They added: "The tests produced misleading heart rate measurements on solid black and red colours. Tattoos with lighter colors seemed to give Apple Watch less trouble, only leading to heart rate readings that were slightly off the mark."

You can hit the link above to read their test results, but this is potentially bad news for gadget loving hipsters with full sleeves on the go.

TOPICS:   Technology   Freebies   Gadgets

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