Vibrating Tattoos Could Function as Ringtones

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Nokia has filed a patent for a vibrating tattoo, the Wall Street Journal reports.

According to the patent application, Nokia is proposing “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.”

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The idea is that the magnetic field would interact with the tattoo and could be employed as a ringtone of sorts — vibrating during incoming calls, when a text message is received or when the battery is running low. The Journal also notes that the patent application could manifest in a badge. Either way, the idea is to embed the phone on a person.

Such a technology has its perks: You’ll never miss another call, and people won’t have to listen to your obnoxious ringtone anymore.

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