Nokia Haptic Feedback Tattoo Patent
11:40 AM
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Geek blogs have been blowing up over Nokia's "Haptic Communication" patent application for a device that is either attached to -- or even tattooed into -- the skin and is "capable of detecting a magnetic field and transferring a perceivable stimulus to the skin, wherein the perceivable stimulus relates to the magnetic field."

Essentially, the device could give you a literal buzz when someone calls or texts you. [The sex industry must have some similar patent for this.]

Breaking down the tech so that I even I can understand it, Vlad at Unwired View explains:
Haptic tech is employed, for example, when your phone vibrates as you type on its touchscreen. Haptics deal with appealing to your sense of touch by applying forces or vibrations to your skin.

Which is exactly what Nokia wants to do, proposing the application of tattoos with ferromagnetic inks, that will vibrate based on commands from your phone.
Roberto at Wired notes that "it's unlikely most Nokia users would get inked just so their latest Nokia smartphone could announce the arrival of a text message." I'm not so sure. After posting articles like scannable barcode and augmented reality tattoos as well as numeric control tattoo machines, I'm guessing there are a bunch of people out there willing to try the tech and permanently keep their phones in vibrate mode.

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