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Nokia Files Patent for Vibrating Tattoo

Posted by JenThorpe at 12:56 PM on March 30, 2012

Does it drive you crazy when you miss a call or text? Have you ever been annoyed by the problem of trying to use your phone, only to discover that the battery is low? Nokia has found a unique way to alleviate these types of problems that many people have to deal with more often than they would like. Soon, you could be able to get a tattoo that will vibrate to let you know that your phone has received a message.

Nokia has filed a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a magnetic tattoo that generates a tingling or itching sensation whenever the person’s phone rings. The tattoo would be made with ferromagnetic material that would be added to the ink that is used to make a tattoo. After the skin has healed, the ink would be magnetized, and connected with a person’s mobile device.

The patent application says: “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”.

In other words, once you get this high-tech form of tattoo, and connect it to your phone, you will be physically alerted every time you get a call, message, or text. You can set it to remind you of an upcoming appointment. It can let you know that your phone is running out of juice, so you can go charge it before it dies.

The tattoo will also act as a form of identity. Instead of typing in a password, the tattoo itself functions as your password. Don’t like the idea of having a visible tattoo, somewhere on your body? The magnetic mark can also be applied in a way that is invisible.

The way I see it, the advantages of the tattoo are many. If your phone is connected to your tattoo, and someone steals your phone, that person won’t be able to access it. You would never miss a call, message, or text ever again. On the other hand, Nokia has not said what will happen if you get the magnetic tattoo, and hook it up to your phone, and then upgrade to a new phone after that.

Image: Tattoo by BigStock

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