Leave a message – on this tattoo
Nokia has developed a haptic tattoo ink that vibrates, similar to the way mobile phone screens do when touched. The ink can be either temporary or permanent, and is magnetized before it’s applied so that the user’s skin vibrates when their phone rings or receive a text message.
Why it matters
While many joke that they ‘live on their mobile phones’, this literally allows Nokia technology to become a part of a person. As people stay plugged in for longer and brands increasingly weave into consumer’s lives, how will the boundaries between technology and human life start to change? What are the lines of consumer comfort we need to be mindful of as we innovate?
Slot your iPhone into the custom-made holder and capture the look and feel of the 1980s 'house brick' without losing any of your 21st-century specs.
OwnFone is a basic mobile phone with only a handful of keys that are custom-printed for each customer. When you purchase one, you choose two, four, eight, or twelve phone numbers you would want to be able to call, label them however you like, and choose a colour scheme for the faceplate.
The phone is marketed at kids and elderly people, and can be relatively useful as a back-up phone. It could also become the phone of choice if you’re going somewhere where losing it or having it stolen is a strong possibility.
The phone has a number of limitations: you can’t change the pre-selected numbers without changing the faceplate and you can only receive calls from numbers you’ve set up to call out to.