Nokia Patent Covers Tattoo That Vibrates When Your Phone Rings
(PC MAG) Before committing to a tattoo, there are few things to consider. First, you should think critically about your choice of ink. Second, you should remember that above all else, tattoos are permanent.
That said, how about a tattoo that vibrated to inform you that your phone was ringing?
Unwired View has uncovered a patent application that Nokia filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) for a magnetic tattoo that would generate a tingling feeling in you arm when your phone rings.
It would feel a bit like an itch, and could also be applied to texts, missed calls, low battery warnings, and more. For example, you could set it to warn you when you have an appointment coming up.
The patent provides that you would get a tattoo that would be magnetized once it was healed in order to be connected with your device.
The patent application reads: “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.”
The tattoo would require the phone to be able to send out a magnetic signal in order to function properly.
It’s unclear if and how the tattoo would need to be modified when you upgraded to a different device. Nokia did not immediately respond to questions about the technology.
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