The world’s first-ever remotely needles tattoo, drawn by a 5G-powered robotic arm in real-time. It took a lot of guts, brainpower, trust, 5G power, and technology to make the Impossible Tattoo, as it’s called, and we’re very thankful for it.
The project was impressive on various technological fronts. T-Mobile in the Netherlands was looking to promote its 5G network’s speed, reliability, and low latency, and which robotics fan would deny making such a project come to life?
The tattoo was needled into the skin of actress Stijn Fransen, by a robotic arm being controlled by tattoo artist Wes Thomas in another location. Actress Stijn Fransen’s trust and guts to receive this one-of-a-kind tattoo, and Mill’s tech team’s innovative thinking in developing such a device. the process was recorded and showcased in an impressive 3-minute documentary-style film.
The video shows everything. From the moment the team took on the project, configuring the robotic arm to ensure the needle was penetrating at just the right depth by practicing on fake skin and vegetables, to the moment Thomas takes his tattooist’s needle and prods a mannequin arm, which in turn makes a robotic arm tattoo on Fransen’s forearm remotely and in real-time.
T-Mobile’s 5G network proved its efficiency as there is practically no delay between Thomas inking the mannequin’s arm and Fransen, in another location, receiving her minimalist tattoo from the robotic arm.
An action that requires accuracy to the millimeter has been proven to be possible no matter the distance.
Thomas was closely involved all through the whole process so that the engineering and tech team knew correctly what was needed in order for such a task to happen.
Tattooing is risky on a regular day, and if a tattoo artist so much as flinches, a tattoo can be ruined. So imagine the consequences if a robotic arm lost connectivity or malfunctioned. We’d prefer not to picture the disastrous effects.