Tattoo That Vibrates When Your Phone Rings Sounds Like a Total Nightmare

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people addicted to their cellphonesAs if it weren't bad enough that we have our cellphones in our face or blowin' up every five seconds with a new text, email, or voicemail, if Nokia has their way, we'll never be without our digital leash. Because it will be embedded in our skin. Oh. No. This is not science fiction.

Nokia Corp. has filed a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a tattoo that would send "a perceivable impulse" to your skin whenever someone tries to contact you on the phone. The phone would communicate with the tattoo via magnetic waves (like Bluetooth). The tattoo, in essence, acts as a receiver, and whenever someone calls, you'll get a response you can feel on your skin. Excuuuuse me? 

And oh my, get this: Just like you can customize a ringtone for each caller right now, you'd be able to set a preference for what kind of "feeling" you'd get depending on who is trying to get in touch. So, mother-in-law makes your skin itch, while mother makes your skin tingle ...

Is it just me or is this patent creepy ... as ... hell? First of all, I can't even imagine the possible health consequences of this. I wonder if the kind of ink that Nokia suggests using -- ferromagnetic ink (which includes compounds such as iron or iron oxide) -- could be toxic? And how might your body react to constantly receiving magnetic waves?

What's more, this is the last thing anyone on this planet needs. Another way to be hopelessly chained to calls, texts, emails 24/7? Nooo. We already forget to look up from our phones or iPads while walking or, worse yet, driving! We already get distracted in the middle of dinner by "bblllling, bllling"-ing notifications. In other words, it's already out of control. With people having their damn phones tattooed into their skin would likely make that problem, oh, I don't know, 1,000 times worse?

Thankfully, Nokia has suggested a "less invasive" alternative: A magnetic receiver you could wear on your skin like a sticker. Grrreat. Definitely less sci-fi horrific, but still a step in the wrong direction. When it comes to our addicting devices, we need to be cutting the cord ... not making it stronger.

Would you ever get a tattoo like this?

Image via Phil Campbell/Flickr

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Sidthe Sidthe

...I'm more disturbed about how are they going to make it vibrate would there be a way to shut it off like you can a cell phone?...and since cell phones already cause cancer I  can only imagine how badly cancer will be linked to vibrating tattoos. I can't even imagine at times my phone is just about blowing up between text messages from multiple people and phone calls I would be SOO freakin' annoyed!

jagam... jagamama0710

WTF? Because using your ears or turning the actual phone on vibrate isn't enough? What concerns me about this isn't "oh we're too connected to our phones and technology". What concerns me is the sort of technology that could lead from something like that...

However, I also just finished watching the series Dollhouse so weird technology advancements involving the human body and the consequences of them are fresh on my mind. Don't mind me. LOL 


Sidthe Sidthe

Also I already think I hear/feel my phone vibrating so I can only imagine having a tattoo that vibrated every time I got a text message or call!

nonmember avatar Sabrina

The tattoo is TOO invasive. Period. You can't get rid of a tattoo (well, it's difficult and expensive).

I do, however, like the idea of a sticker. My husband is hard of hearing and wears loose shorts most of the time, so he often doesn't feel the phone in his pocket.

I often have my phone on vibrate, for work, and forget to put it back on ring. It's in my purse, so I don't feel it vibrate.

WadeM... WadeMom313

Did you read the comment on that article, that didn't even occur to me.  What happens when the people with these tattoos get MRIs?  It's magentized, it would rip off!  And, the metal detectors at various places!  That would be an utter nightmare!  And what about distracted driving?  If I had something that suddenly vibrated on me, it would scare me and make me jump.  My phone doesn't ring very often (luckily) but what about all those people who's phone rings off the hook?  How would they be able to drive responsibly.  This is distrubing to me...

prplecat prplecat

Can you just imagine WHERE some freaky people would be getting these things???

nonmember avatar Sabrina



I thought about that, but I wasn't gonna go there.

Britt... BrittniMoyer

hell no, 

it's annoying enough when people call my phone..and then you have those people who call multiple times because you aren't answering...yeah no way.

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