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?
We don’t use our smartphones like we used to and telecommunication providers have struggled to let go of their old business model: making money on minutes, texts and internet usage. That’s why *Bliep, a new provider in the Netherlands, came up with a prepaid SIM card that allows you to use unlimited data and send SMS’ for €0,50 per day. Calling is slightly more expensive, but as young people don’t necessarily use their phones to make calls, its an interesting alternative for them.
“Social Music Experience” is the first CD created by social network users. Tuenti, the biggest teen Spanish social network, is selling a CD completely created by its users.
More than 300,000 users chose the title, cover and track list after voting and uploading their preferences to the site. The final cover received over 18,000 votes, and more than 315,000 votes decided the cd playlist. More than 12,000 photos were uploaded as suggestions for the CD’s cover. Sony Music collaborated on the production. The album is available on iTunes, music stores and Spotify.