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?
Swiss furniture manufacturer mSHAPE are now enabling consumers to design their own tables using their mobile phones. By downloading a mobile application from the mSHAPE website consumers can “sculpt” a computer-generated image of the table, choosing dimensions, materials and colours. These parameters are then transmitted to the computer-controlled production facility for manufacture.
Portuguese publisher Porto Editora has released high school text books as mobile phone apps, designed to help students prepare for their exams. The content is available both in text and audio formats.