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?
Willcom, a Japanese mobile provider, offers star-shaped pillows to its new customers as a welcome present. The cosy pillow is integrated with a microphone and speaker that connects to your mobile phone so you can talk and relax at the same time.
The latest application developed by software company Totvs enables parents to access detailed information on their children’s schooling using their mobile phones. The application notifies parents if their child is late for or missing from class, informs them of exam grades and teachers’ observations as well as delivering memos and meeting requests.