Vibrating magnetic tattoos may one day be used to alert mobile phone users to phone calls and text messages if Nokia follows up a patent application.

The Finnish company has described the idea in a filing to the US Patent and Trademark Office. It describes tattooing, stamping or spraying “ferromagnetic” material onto a user’s skin and then pairing it with a mobile device.

It suggests different vibrations could be used to create a range of alerts.

You just know someone reading this is thinking about getting a tattoo in a particular area, then having someone call their phone over and over… Oh, um, not me, of course. Ahem.



  1. Yaknow says:

    I can’t wait for that to happen, there will be jiggling boobs all over the place.

    Ladies say good buy to the vibrator and hello to being on very tele-markers list in the country.

  2. Grandpa says:

    I think I know where this is headed ”


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  3. Glenn E. says:

    This could revolutionize the Phone Sex industry. Put on a ferromagnetic condom. And let the service, uh, service you. Magnetic massage. Pulse dial your probe. Whatever rings your bell.

    • jpfitz says:

      We’ll finally be able to really ring our own bells. I’ll never borrow a cell phone again.

      :-$

  4. msbpodcast says:

    Put a whole new meaning in the old AT&T ditty” Reach out, reach out and touch someone.” :-)

  5. AdmFubar says:

    hums a beach boy song….

  6. scandihoovian says:

    I’d love to see the austin powers inspired laser that removes this thing.

  7. Glenn E. says:

    I wonder if these tats will set off alarms at airport security? Will the TSA see them as a terrorist threat? I should think tattoos are against the religion of these terrorists. But you never know. And the TSA probably knows even less.

  8. MartinJJ says:

    Will ringtones finally be exciting again? :)

  9. MartinJJ says:

    underwriting, advertising…call it whatever you want :)