How Would you Like a Tattoo That Rings When you Have a Call?
I've never been a fan of tattoos. My tastes change pretty frequently, so the thought of having the same thing adorning my body for the rest of my life doesn't appeal. Having one that somehow 'rings' when someone calls your phone seems like some kind of April Fools joke. Alas, it isn't April 1st and this is something that Nokia are developing.
The Finnish mobile phone company has filed a patent for a tattoo that would send an impulse to your skin whenever someone tried to contact you on your mobile phone.
The technology itself isn't all that surprising. I remember a decade ago attending a lecture by Kevin Warwick who has famously implanted computers into his body to control parts of his nervous system. So the technology probably isn't 'that' ground breaking, but a tattoo that lets you know when someone's calling you? I just can't see who or why you'd want that.
According to the patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the phone would communicate with the tattoo through magnetic waves. The phone would emit magnetic waves and the tattoo would act as a receiver. When the waves hit the tattoo, it would set off a tactile response in the user's skin.
If that wasn't enough, the patent suggests that you might get a different response depending on the person that was calling you. So if your mum calls you might get a different response to if your boss called you. Should you want that of course.
The system ensures that only your own tattoo would tingle by syncing up the tattoo with your phone via magnetic waves, in much the same way we currently link our phones up via Bluetooth.
For it to work the tattoo would need to be made of ferromagnetic ink, with the ink heated to a high temperature to demagnetise it. Once the tattoo is finished the user would run a magnet over the tattoo again to remagnatise it. How you would opt-out of it should you change your mind isn't clear.
Would you want a tattoo that buzzes when your phone rings?