Nokia has issued a patent for a certain material that can attach to human skin and vibrate in order to inform its wearer of an incoming phone call or text message, according to Yahoo News.
According to a Wall Street Journal article, the patent application filed by Nokia last fall concerns "a material attachable to skin, the material capable of detecting a magnetic field and transferring a perceivable stimulus to the skin, wherein the perceivable stimulus relates to the magnetic field."
In layman's terms, the material is essentially an attachable tattoo that notifies its user whether he or she is receiving an incoming text message, call, email etc.
Vlad Bobleanta of Unwired View was the first to break the discovery noting that, "[t]he tattoo would be applied using ferromagnetic inks. The ink material would first be exposed to high temperatures to demagnetize it. Then the tattoo would be applied. You'll apparently be able to choose the actual image you want as the tattoo. The procedure is identical to that of getting a 'normal' tattoo—only the ink is special."
Nokia's idea is groundbreaking. Yet, it is unclear how popular the tattoo will be once marketed. The ultimate success of the tattoo not only depends on its functionality, but also the market of potential buyers that it could potentially appeal to.
It could just appeal to those who currently have tattoos, or also those who believe that the tattoo is a more efficient way to accept calls and text messages, or S Nokia hopes an even broader market.
Personally, I believe that carrying a cell phone in my pocket that vibrates to let me know when I have an incoming call or message is a minor inconvenience.
Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see whether this product will fly in this day in age when consumers are looking for the newest and best advancements in technology that companies have to offer.
What do you think?
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