A few days ago, Apple acknowledged the fact that the Apple Watch will not work properly on tattooed wrists, something users have discovered on their own. Specifically, the heart rate sensor placed on the back of the device might not be able to perform any readings depending on the ink used, and there’s really no way to have this issue fix.
Thankfully, Conan’s creative team has figured out a way to make the Apple Watch work even for people with inked wrists.
“Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance,” Apple says on its website. “The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings.”
The only way to have the Apple Watch sensor register your heart rate is to remove the ink that’s blocking it. But not if Conan can help.
Meet the Watch Hand, Conan’s accessory that can be used by Apple Watch buyers who have their wrists tattooed. The device will register heart beat and temperature, Conan says, to make up for the Apple Watch’s shortcomings. (We’ll have to slightly correct Conan on this one though, as the first-gen Watch can only perform heart rate readings, since it lacks a temperature sensor.)
Conan’s Watch Hand video follows below.