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vapacersfan
03-21-2012, 09:37 AM
Vibrating tattoo alerts patent filed by Nokia in US (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17447086?ocid=us_news_syndication_pulse&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews)

Vibrating magnetic tattoos may one day be used to alert mobile phone users to phone calls and text messages if Nokia follows up a patent application.

The Finnish company has described the idea in a filing to the US Patent and Trademark Office.

It 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 application lists Cambridge-based Zoran Radivojevic as the innovation's lead inventor. It was filed last week and was brought to light by the Unwired View news site.

It suggests a magnetic marking could be attached to either a user's arm, abdominal area, finger or fingernail.

"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," the filing reads.

"The magnetic field may cause vibration of one short pulse, multiple short pulses, few long pulses... strong pulses, weak pulses and so on."

The filing also suggests that the magnetised marking could be used as an identity check. It says that by picking a certain shape the user could create a "specific magnetic impedance" - effectively their own magnetic fingerprint.

It says 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.

travmil
03-21-2012, 10:25 AM
Tech like this could be used to track people. Easily.

ilive4sports
03-21-2012, 03:23 PM
this sounds like something bad will happen because of it and its completely pointless.

Bball
03-22-2012, 01:48 AM
For this application (cell phone) it seems more than pointless, and in fact -stupid-. It does seem to open Pandora's box too. I'd have health questions as well as Big Brother ramifications to think about.

But that said, I can only hope and assume the reason they applied for the patent wasn't to actually see this technology come to fruition but instead to protect the idea and technology should someone come up with a more practical application.

travmil
03-22-2012, 06:49 AM
But that said, I can only hope and assume the reason they applied for the patent wasn't to actually see this technology come to fruition but instead to protect the idea and technology should someone come up with a more practical application.

I would hope so. But even so, patent protection would only last a max of 17 years, and you have to have products using it heading to market in order to protect that patent. If you're just sitting on it with no intention of using it, like Kodak did with the digital camera, competitors can bring their own to market and they won't be able to show that they're defensing their patent.

jeffg-body
03-22-2012, 11:04 AM
Myself I don't like it. I'll stick to the regular tattoos.

PacerDude
03-24-2012, 07:14 AM
this sounds like something bad will happen because of it and its completely pointless.
Not sure where the real problem with this would lie ...... Nokia for coming up with this idea or the people that actually let it be done to them.