Nokia files vibrating tattoo patent in US

Nokia has filed a patent in the US that could one day see vibrating magnetic tattoos alert mobile phone users of calls and texts.

The Finnish firm described the idea in a filing to the US Patent and Trademark Office. It suggests that tattooing, stamping or spraying “ferromagnetic” material on to a user's skin and pairing it to a mobile phone could be possible.

Cambridge-based Zoran Radivojevic is listed as the innovation's leader.

The filing suggests the magnetised marking could be used as an identity check that could effectively work as a magnetic fingerprint password.

Nokia has joined both HTC and Samsung in investigating the innovations that could be possible with haptic – or touch- feedback.

The filing described the type of notification this technology could be used on: “Examples of… applications may be low battery indication, received message, received call, calendar alert, change of profile, eg based on timing, change of time zone, or any other.”

Posted by Peter Robinson

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