Plenty of patents get filed every day, from the simplest of ideas, to the most complicated tech yet to be seen. Nokia’s strange patent application is surely going to set the buzz on things with their magnetic vibrating tattoo.
According to the patent application, it is ‘a material attachable to skin, which is capable of detecting a magnetic field and transferring a perceivable stimulus to the skin.’ That’s just basically describing a vibrating alert system that’s attachable to your skin, or in layman’s terms, a vibrating tattoo.
Whatever device that is emmiting a magnetic field would interact with the tattoo, making it vibrate in a certain way.
Basically, much in the same way that users can change their ringtones to different callers, in the future phones will be able to emit different magnetic fields for calls, SMS’s, low battery alerts that would literally be transmitted to your skin.
Technically, the patent doesn’t mention that the technology is only limited to tattoos, in case users are not too enthusiastic about inking their skins. The application talks about using badges and such. Of course, those who more than welcome tattoos have much to be excited about as there is a lot of talk about “ink enriched by ferromagnetic or paramagnetic compounds” and how they can be used.
Personaly I think this is a pretty good idea, and although I don’t think I’ll ever get a tattoo, applying this to something like a badge or patch would be ideal. Imagine being able to use this technology in a setting where it is either too noisy, or conversely very quiet and you do not want to break the silence.