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The sketches in Nokia's patent application show how its proposed "haptic feedback" system could be attached to the user's skin.

Discussion:  Finnish-based company, Nokia, just filed a patent for magnetic tattoos that would vibrate when your cell phone rings.  Instead of lound, annoying ringtones, magnetic ink embedded under the skin would generate a perceptible stimulus when the ink registers a call, alarm, or other message.  Just like a ringtone, the tele-tatto can be set to different sensations for various people or to differentiate between calls and other alerts.

Source:  CNN News

Date:  March 22,  2012


Discussion Question: 

  • What are some drawbacks to tele-tattoos?
  • How else might magnetic tattoos be used?

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