Palm OS Robotic Tattoo Machine Invented

An Austrian electrician has invented the world's first tattooing robot and it runs the Palm OS. According to the news site Ananova, Niki Passath, 25, has unveiled his invention, which he calls Freddy, at a hi-tech fair in Vienna.

Tatto You

Mr Passath said: "It was a hard job because the only person I could test it on was myself which was painful but a good incentive to get it right as soon as possible.

"He's an artist of course so he always decides what design the person is going to get, they can't choose. But I haven't had any complaints yet."

Appently, the user can sketch a tattoo on the Palm screen via the digitizer, the machine then interprets the pixels and permanately "tatto's" the end user. More on this story as is draws out...

Tatto You

Thanks to Slashdot for the link.

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Award winner

pocketscience @ 12/3/2002 8:25:32 AM #
That's gotta win the award for "most ingenious", and "most completely stupid", surely. :-)

I don't think I'd be joining the queue for a freebie, judging by the quality of the results...


RE: Award winner
Zuber @ 12/3/2002 8:34:06 AM #
I think I will wait until High Res. Colour support has been added.


RE: Award winner
ozzpalm @ 12/3/2002 10:23:19 AM #
.....but does it have Bluetooth? LOL
RE: Award winner
mrhockey @ 12/4/2002 11:57:40 PM #
One question, does it tatoo faster if you load OS 5?

It sounds like English, but I can't understand a word you're saying


gotta get me one

Origen @ 12/3/2002 8:32:31 AM #
I think I saw something like that on a Marilyn Manson music video. At the very least, you could use one while you were sitting around with your buddies drinking: "Hey Bubba, hold your arm really still and we are going to scribble on this palm and this machine will mutilate your arm". This morning, scores of developers for Pocket PC are scrambling to create the MS version. One with handwriting recognition perhaps?
RE: gotta get me one
Gepeto- @ 12/3/2002 9:00:24 AM #
Hmmm that reminds me I should get a bluescreen tattoed on my back :)

RE: gotta get me one
RoelvdV @ 12/3/2002 9:49:25 AM #
Now we need a model with a Tungsten|T so four people can make a drawing together using Blueboard :-)

Greetings, Roel


sub_tex @ 12/3/2002 9:33:59 AM #
Am I the only one who thinks the first picture looks like the girl is scared of the thing attacking her arm?


RE: scared?
DDrake @ 12/3/2002 9:59:23 AM #
yup, she is thinking about how to do a hard reset to make the hurt stops.

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RE: scared?
JKingGrim @ 12/3/2002 5:10:45 PM #
Scared? Thinking? She appears to be srceaming!


rokiteer @ 12/3/2002 10:44:59 AM #
I'm surprised to see this story come out now; it's a long time before April Fool's Day.

tatoo artist?

cyruski @ 12/3/2002 2:14:03 PM #
anybody associate this with the "tatoo artist" file on the Zire?

Nothing new and no high tech

mstur @ 12/3/2002 2:40:25 PM #
1. This was not a HiTech fair, but rather only an event taking place during a local art festival "digitalBIEDERMEIER": see

2. A machine like this was already described by Franz Kafka in "report from a prison camp".

Mixed feelings

IanJD @ 12/4/2002 7:13:36 AM #
Interesting from the point of view of a numerical control application for PalmOS (the first? can't think of any others), but disturbing from the point of view that there are people insane enough to let this thing loose on them. If you're going to permenantly mark yourself, who would you strap this on and let it rip?

Presumably there are a range of strap sets for affixing this to err... other parts of the body. :)

Beat by 7 years!: Re:Palm OS Robotic Tattoo Machine Invented

tattoopluto @ 12/30/2003 6:47:55 PM #
Yeah, so what, I first started tattooing by computer with a 386 desktop back in '96. All the tattoos on my site were done with this set-up and our new one. The system drove a servo system controlling fluid regulation to 5 small hydralic dual drive cylinders. these control the angular and depth penetration functions. The actual design was controlled by a second hard drive (come-on, its a 386) which runs a converted viynl sign cutter plotter I pulled out of an industrial garbage bin (don't worry it was cleaned). Colors had to be done seperatley so I later developed, with a friend, a new system for colors using a converted eight cylinder ( 8 colors- get it) automotive fuel injection system bypassed from its original computer drive to our unit which converts info from a scanned picture. The actual controls of the original were so simple and successful that we stuck with the concept but upped the computer capabilities, the plotter quality and the machine is now controlled by no less than 11 seperate dual drive hydraulic cylinders. This thing has to be seen running to be believed, its awesome. Check out the resulting quality on the website: I don't advertise the fact they were done with a computer setup as that would infuriate the tattoo 'purists' who are still living in the stone age and have'nt got thier heads out of the outhouse cesspool yet.

Dublin Ireland's most advanced tattoo studio. Technologically, artistically and attitude wise!


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