Instant Guide

The tattoo that tingles when your phone rings

Nokia is trying to better incorporate its phones with your life — literally

Nokia is giving the phrase 'spine-tingling' a whole new meaning. The Finnish cellphone manufacturer has submitted a patent application for a magnetic tattoo (see below) that will tingle when your phone rings. It's the latest attempt to capitalize on haptic feedback technology, or technology that communicates through touch (a more familiar example is the rumbling of a Nintendo Wii controller). Here, a guide to Nokia's magnetic touch:

How does a magnetic tattoo work?
The tattoo ink is enriched with metallic compounds that will be demagnetized before the ink is embedded in the skin. Once the tattoo has healed, the ink will be re-magnetized with permanent magnets. Your tattoo will then be sensitive to magnetic pulses, which theoretically can be emitted by a cellular phone.

What will a ringing phone feel like?
The tattoo will crackle with a tingling sensation, and you'll have to scratch it to dismiss the call. Your phone should be able to send you a variety of pulses, so different degrees of tingling will indicate whether your phone battery is dying, or alert you to text and voice messages. You should even be able to use your tattoo as an alarm clock in the morning.

Is Nokia serious about this?
Yes. It might sound "like science fiction," says Peter Suciu at TechNewsWorld, but it's likely that this technology will become "commonplace" in the future. Even if Nokia never sells a cellphone-tattoo, the patent application is evidence that companies believe technology will eventually be merged with our bodies in some form or another. Nokia's patent could even be seen as a preemptive move to profit off an inventor who creates a similar innovation in the future.

Do people really want to be physically linked to their phones?
Maybe. It would "mean an end to the days when a silenced cellphone means missing calls and text messages during a movie or music concert," says InnovationNewsDaily. And "at least you can never lose a tattoo," says Jamie Condoiffe at Gizmodo. The main problem is whether your "tattoo would need to be modified when you upgraded to a different device," says Leslie Horn at PCMag.

Sources: Daily Mail, GizmodoInnovationNewsDailyPCMag, TechNewsWorld

Recommended

OpenAI debuts 'imperfect' tool to catch ChatGPT-generated cheating
OpenAI and ChatGPT
Cheat code

OpenAI debuts 'imperfect' tool to catch ChatGPT-generated cheating

TikTok CEO to testify before House as Congress considers banning the app
TikTok office building in California.
Questions and Answers

TikTok CEO to testify before House as Congress considers banning the app

Boeing delivers its final 747 plane, bringing an end to the world's most iconic jet
The final Boeing 747 leaving the factory.
Farewell, 747

Boeing delivers its final 747 plane, bringing an end to the world's most iconic jet

What caused Wednesday morning's Microsoft outage?
Microsoft Teams logo on phone
system down

What caused Wednesday morning's Microsoft outage?

Most Popular

The Hogwarts Legacy boycott controversy, explained
Hogwarts Legacy logo photo
Briefing

The Hogwarts Legacy boycott controversy, explained

Linda Ronstadt is the Kate Bush of 2023 thanks to The Last of Us
Nick Offerman and Murray Bartlett in The Last of Us
running up that hill

Linda Ronstadt is the Kate Bush of 2023 thanks to The Last of Us

The Adani Group scandal, explained
Gautam Adani.
Briefing

The Adani Group scandal, explained