As if there weren’t enough reasons for folks to use the PicoSure laser for tattoo removal, well here’s another. So maybe you’ve heard, but apparently the new, much anticipated Apple iWatch can’t see through tattoos well enough to operate correctly. Sources tell us that the iWatch uses photoplethysmography (PPG) sensors which measure the heart rate while worn on the wrist. This hard-to-pronounce technology determines how much blood is flowing by flashing green LED lights hundreds of times per second and then measuring the response with photodiodes. It works due to the fact that blood is red because it reflects red light but absorbs green light. Side note: this is also why our new PicoSure 532nm handpiece emits a green light to destroy red, yellow and orange inks.
However, the readings taken by the iWatch cannot accurately measure your blood if tattoo ink is blocking or interfering with the sensors. Huh, remember when Apple had that little problem with blocking the antenna inside its iPhones if they were held just so? Apple breaks it down this way on its support page: “The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings…” And it’s not just the heart rate monitor that apparently has problems with your ink, it also will reportedly lock up and repeatedly ask for the user’s password.
So if you’ve preordered the $10,000 Apple iWatch but now you think it’s going to have trouble seeing through your ink, give me a call and let the PicoSure laser clear your unwanted tattoo in time for Santa to put a new iWatch in your stocking this Christmas Eve. I can be reached by phone @ 512-479-9997 or just stop by my NEW location in Austin, TX: Austin Medspa on W. 6th St.