Nokia Invented a Tattoo That Vibrates When Your Phone Rings [POLL]
Gives a Whole New Meaning to Putting Your Phone on Vibrate
It's not available yet -- the company has just submitted the patent application -- but Finnish cell phone company Nokia has invented a magnetic tattoo that will tingle when your cell phone rings.
The technology is what's known as "haptic feedback," meaning communication via touch, as with the Nintendo Wii controller.
How it would work: you would get a tattoo, which, after it healed, would be magnetized. Then, when your phone rang -- or when you receive a text, a low-battery warning, missed call or want to be reminded of an upcoming appointment -- you would feel a tingling, almost like an itch, in your arm, PCMag.com reports.
The description from Nokia's patent application: "Prior to using the ferromagnetic inks for attaching to human skin, the ink material may be exposed to elevated temperatures to cause demagnetization. Such demagnetized ink is then used for creating an image by dispersing the ink material on or under the skin to make a functional, tattoo like image. Once the apparatus is settled and the skin cured, the user with the functional image may use permanent magnets to magnetize the functional image on the skin again."
Our first question about the technology: do people really want this? Are missed calls that annoying that it's worth getting a tattoo just for the sake of your cell phone? And, as many others have pointed out, what happens when you upgrade your phone … do you have to upgrade the tattoo, too, or get a completely new one? What happens if you lose your cell phone or it gets stolen?
And what if you happen to have a mischievous friend who wants to give you continuous jolts by sending rapid and repeated text messages? Sounds like a Saturday Night Live skit waiting to be written …
Would you get a tattoo just for use with your cell phone?
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