Tattoo with Haptic feedback

There are a few people on Nokia that believe that their fortunes lie in innovating and creating brilliant products. I am sure all of us agree that they have lost quite a bit in the race to keep up with the others as far as new age tech and devices are concerned.

Recently Nokia has filed for a patent of the world’s first vibrating tattoo. Taking haptic feedback — the technology behind vibrations when you touch your phone — to a new level, the company is embedding haptics into temporary and permanent tattoos.  The tattoos, consisting of ferromagnetic inks, can vibrate depending on the signal your phone sends. Each variation of the magnetic signal will result in a new vibration pattern, letting the user know different information, from receiving a new text message to missing a call. A less-permanent version features a material that users would wear on the skin, similar to an armband. The tattoo with special ink is applied in the same manner as normal tattoos, only the ink material would first be exposed to a external magnet to magnetize it, which would allow it to then receive vibration patterns through the skin.

I think this is a great innovation which will make users more comfortable with their devices while making them even more ubiquitous. We can imagine sensory applications in the future where one can send personalized touches across mobile devices. Brings in a whole new perspective to contacts!!

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~ by digivine on March 30, 2012.

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