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?
MyOrder is a new mobile phone application which allows restaurant guests to browse the menu, order and pay for their meal using only their mobile phone. Consumers who download the MyOrder application can use the technology to order at selected restaurants that are embracing this application in the Netherlands.
The growing capabilities of smart phones are expanding the talents of the user as well. Mobile phone orchestras have formed at two US colleges; the University of Michigan and Stanford. The ensembles feature students playing ‘instruments’ they developed for the iPhone, which are amplified by speakers. The Stanford orchestra is co-directed by Ge Wang, who has also developed an iPhone app that turns your phone into a virtual instrument. But music is just one expression of this movement. Taking photos with your cell phone is nothing new, but now the images are emerging as a new kind of ‘mobile art’, where resolution doesn’t matter as much as capturing a moment and sharing it in real time. Check out the image from our trend-spotter, Tristan Meline on the Mobile Diary: www.themobilediary.com/2009/12/09/full-moon-over-the-sears-tower