Nokia has recently submitted a patent application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for the idea of a vibrating magnetic tattoo.
The main idea behind the patent being that a tattoo, stamp, or spray of ferromagnetic material on your body could be linked your cell phone. The material would then vibrate to alert the user to phone calls and text message, along with a wide range of other alerts by using different vibrations.
According to the filing for the patent:
“Examples of… applications may be low battery indication, received message, received call, calendar alert, change of profile, eg based on timing, change of time zone, or any other.”
“The magnetic field may cause vibration of one short pulse, multiple short pulses, few long pulses… strong pulses, weak pulses and so on.”
The patent also suggests that by picking a particular shape the user could use the marking as an identity check or magnetic fingerprint.
Marek Pawlowski, editorial director at the mobile industry research firm PMN told the BBC:
“Our research suggests that once a user become accustomed to haptic feedback on a phone or tablet screen, other devices that don’t offer it can feel ‘dead’.”
Pawlowski continued on to say:
“Nokia’s patent suggests that their magnetic mark could be invisible – which might make this appealing to some. But in the immediate term I think users would draw the line at anything that is invasive like a tattoo or would be seen to have potential medical effects.”
What are your thoughts on a particular spot on your body vibrating every single time your cellphone rang, received a text or voicemail?