Just when anti-mobile cranks are convinced cell phones couldn’t be any more invasive, Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK) goes forth and gives them new reason to feel outraged.
According to a report by Wired, apparently Nokia is in the process of trying to patent a “Haptic Feedback Tattoo” — a sort of sub-dermal implant that would vibrate or otherwise send pulses at the signal of your cell phone. The implant will allegedly send some form of sensation through a magnetic connection to the owner’s handheld.
In simple terms, notifications from your cell phone can cause physical feedback through the tattoo — a model Nokia is attempting to corner through its new patent. Many smartphones, including Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone in particular, already enable a broad range of custom signals for specific features.
With the smartphone market expanding, consumers are exploring a host of new ways to personalize their handhelds. Nokia’s tattoo invention might just make things a little more personal.
– Adam Patterson, InvestorPlace Assistant Editor