New technology and products are often prefaced by patents and patent applications. This vibrating tattoo patent from Nokia’s may be leading the way.
The cellphone maker is seeking to patent a tattoo capable of alerting the “wearer” of an incoming call or text. According to the patent application, the tattoo would be comprised of “a material capable of detecting a magnetic field and transferring a perceivable stimulus to the skin.” For those who are concerned about the permanency of an embedded device, the technology could also be worn as a badge.
Nokia may not be currently working on this technology, but instead may be insuring that it is the first to lay claim to it. It is not unusual for companies to seek patents years ahead of any plans to develop the technology. In many cases it as a pre-emptive strike designed to ensure that the patent holder will be able to reap the benefits should another company develop the product first.
Nonetheless, it does suggest that Nokia believes that this technology has promise and carrying our cellphones in our pockets may soon be a thing of the past.
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