As with other arts, tattooing is an ancient art that often requires human skill. It takes years to develop the necessary delicate touch, but with perfect precision and precise movements.
The tattoo craze has gone from being a fad to a true lifestyle that merits investment in cutting-edge technology and innovations that make possible what we once thought impossible.
One of the few things we have yet to see in the age of the screen, a robotic arm and 5G technology has made it possible to perform the first remote tattoo.
The project, titled “The Impossible Tattoo”, was filmed as part of an advertising campaign for mobile phone company T-Mobile Netherlands. It was executed by a hand-crafted machine that used a machine learning technique capable of identifying the location of Fransen’s arm.
Using 5G in real time, the robot arm tattoos the actress’s skin. Thomas draws the pattern on a mannequin arm, and a robot uses a real arm to mimic her every move as she moves.
The robot’s inventor, Noel Drew, said that all of the building’s components were either carefully chosen and procured or created, produced and manufactured entirely in-house. The technician worked on a bank of 3D printers to complete the work, creating concepts and prototypes along the way to the final result.
Thanks to the advantages of the new network, actions can be performed with near-instant precision regardless of distance.
T-Mobile worked with production studio The Mill, which produced the futuristic event video and the specially designed robotic arm from scratch.
Stijn Fransen sports the world’s first 5G tattoo as a result of countless tests on various vegetables and prosthetic skin samples.
Indeed, this achievement is a clear example of the potential of robots and machine learning.

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