Nokia submits patent for haptic tattoo to feel incoming calls

Nokia submits patent for haptic tattoo to feel incoming calls
Nokia has filed for a patent that offers a new and interesting take on mobile notifications. The patent, dated March 15, 2012, is for a ferromagnetic ink tattoo that is able to vibrate based on signals sent from a phone.

Nokia first describes a material that can attach to the surface of the skin, not to dissimilar to a sticker or a “patch”. The material would be able to be paired to a phone and emit various vibration patterns. In essence, a user could give a contact a specific pattern, which would enable them to be able to know who is calling without looking at the device, much like a custom ringtone.

Taking things to a new level of dedication, Nokia also describes the same technology being deployed in an actual tattoo. The process would involve demagnetizing the ink before administering the tattoo. Once it is in the skin, the ink would need to be magnetized by an external magnet. This technique would allow for enhanced sensitivity.

While the concept of only you being able to feel a call and custom call vibration patterns is a very cool in theory, we find it hard to believe there are too many people that would sign up for a permanent Nokia tattoo. We’re also guessing that a procedure like this would make MRIs definitely out of the question. Nokia should probably focus its efforts on the removable “patch” version of this tech, but who know what people will sign up for to be a part of the latest and greatest.

source: USPTO via UnwiredView



1. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011


2. Jericho unregistered

hey can someone tell me whats the tattoo in the middle its all over the internet. And i think this vibrating tattoo thing is disgusting. Think of this your in a funeral and your body starts to vibrate or your sleeping and your body starts to vibrate or better yet your having s*x and your body starts to .........

5. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

That square in the middle? That's called a QR Code, which can basically thought of as a 2-dimensional barcode. They are so popular all over the internet because they are free for anybody to create and use, and since they hold more information than a traditional barcode, they can be used to represent full website URLs rather than just a limited sequence of numbers like a traditional barcode. It's also gaining popularity because of the rate of adoption of smartphones, which are capable of both reading the codes and then taking you to websites right then and there.

6. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

..... as to your last example, wouldn't the vibration enhance the whole experience? LOL! Seriously, I think this is taking it too far! Although I can also imagine some ink people who would want this as an added feature to their bodily decorations.

12. vishalvenky

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

thats y u can create a custom vibration pattern.. lolzz girls will love it :P

3. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

What the hell...?!? No, just no!!! This is nonsense, next companies will start patenting the look you have when your jeans are too tight and you have a cell phone in the back pocket....what is this world coming to. Don't you dare breathe at the same time while sliding to unlock your phone while standing in a Verizon Wireless store 2 feet from the front entrance, I own the patent for that.

4. TechnoTechyes

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 24, 2011

This seems kind of extreme for cell phones. But if they are able to get something like that to move with such little energy, it could be amazing for the people that are paralyzed. Or people with some other medical conditions (like MS or ALS).

7. karas

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Can get boner every time u get a call if the tatoo is at right place :P

10. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Imagine what would happen to girls if the tat is in the right place.

8. A.aoudi

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

one word BULLs**t

9. smill317

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

wow...just wow!!!

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Like..."i've got a's from Mike. I can feel it on my arse", haha...

13. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

This takes "tramp stamp" to a whole new low ...err... level.

14. krulwich

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

This is one of many spin-off results of Nokia's huge research effort in nano-technology for mobile. Related research on material that stimulates skin was already appearing several years ago. The same researchers have worked on material that attaches to skin to serve as an input device detecting body movements, and also phones made of flexible materials that respond to being bent, and also flexible nano-tech-based touchscreens and displays.

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