Nokia Files Patent For Magnetic, Vibrating Tattoos

nokiaSomeday soon, you may pick your own magnetic resonance, in the form of a tattoo linking you to your personal possessions. BBC reports:

Vibrating magnetic tattoos may one day be used to alert mobile phone users to calls and text messages.

The idea…in a filing to the US Patent and Trademark Office…describes tattooing, stamping or spraying “ferromagnetic” material onto a user’s skin and then pairing it with a mobile device. It suggests different vibrations could be used to create a range of alerts.

The filing also suggests that the magnetised marking could be used as an identity check. By picking a certain shape the user could create a “specific magnetic impedance” – effectively their own magnetic fingerprint. This could act as a “password” and gives the example of a laptop refusing to display content on its screen unless it verifies its user is close by.

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  • Raz

    People hould be dumb enough to use this? What, put your phone in the pocket is too much complicated for some people now? And who knows if this can create some damage to the health of an individual?

  • Tchoutoye

    “The idea…in a filing to the US Patent and Trademark Office…describes
    tattooing, stamping or spraying “ferromagnetic” material onto a user’s
    skin and then pairing it with a mobile device.”

    Nail varnish that interacts with a mobile device has been on the Japanese market for a couple of years already.

  • neurolux

    That should be fun in an MRI machine.

    • Calypso_1

      hmm…sounds like a great way to ration healthcare.

  • http://www.jaycob.co.nf/ Scruffy

    People can overhear a conversation and read text messages, but they couldn’t really do either with a morse code message sent this way. Then again I don’t see people who use text messages let alone people willing to become a accessory for their phone, being smart enough to memorize morse code.

  • Punker_bob_23

    This has to be the dumbest idea I have heard of in recent memory. Magnetic Tattoos. Lets not consider MRI machines, metal detectors, or pace makers. Can’t wait to stick notes to my wife’s hip like she were a refrigerator!

  • Matt

    gee… an RFID chip seems like much lower maintenance…

  • Holy Prophet

    THE MARK OF THE BEAST!!!