Nokia Wants Your Call Alert To Be A Vibrating Magnetic Tattoo

We see patents come and go all the time, but here's a crazy one from Nokia: magnetic tattoos that vibrate to alert you to your phone. Talk about keeping in touch.

The patent proposes "a material attachable to skin, the material capable of detecting a magnetic field and transferring a perceivable stimulus to the skin, wherein the perceivable stimulus relates to the magnetic field."

Basically, that means a magnetic field would cause a tattoo to vibrate in a specific way. The tattoos, the patent suggests, would have to use "ink enriched by ferromagnetic or paramagnetic compounds" — not too tricky, given that tattoos already contain metallic compounds. Then different magnetic fields could be used to provide different sensations, allowing the tatt wearer to discern between different callers or different kinds of alerts.

While the patent does suggest that similar technology could be rolled into something else wearable, like a badge, the obvious application is for something truly embedded. At least you can never lose a tattoo. [USPTO via Unwired View via Wall Street Journal ]

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    If I had a dollar for every Scifi book I read that used different iterations of a tech tattoo... Well... I'd have a few bucks... :} Seriously though, I think I 'll wait till they can offer a lifetime, cancer free guarantee, first.

      But its FDA approved and Congress declared tattoos as a form of vegetable so its good for you.

      Should be good enough for us in Australia too, free trade and all that.

    Err,.. yeah, I don't think they can guarantee that making a metallic ink vibrate or pulse enough to get your attention is going to be safe in the long term. Plus it would have to be a ubiquitous tattoo that was compatible with any brand of technology that would use it. I don't think these guys will agree anytime soon on a common standard.

    Is anyone else thinking that this could be the birth of "spidey sense"???

      or... I swear, I'm not on crack, it's my phone!

    Makes me think of the old way that people would count cards at the casino.have a little busser in their shoes telling them if it was good time to bet high or low

    That would make getting an MIR painful, as the metal is drawn out by the magnets. Saw it on House..

    The tattoo would also operate as the unlock key for the phone making the phone secure:

    Errr, also it doesn't have to be a tattoo, stickers and other ways of putting it on also.

    The sales pitch implies they're prepared to go further with it ..."the end of passports"
    So a human RFID tag system , nice way to introduce it, though just under the radar :-)

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