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According to the patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the phone would communicate with the tattoo through magnetic waves. The phone would emit magnetic waves and the tattoo would act as a receiver. When the waves hit the tattoo, it would set off a tactile response in the user's skin.
The patent also suggests that it would be possible to customize the physical response depending on who is calling -- similar to having a different ring tone for different family members. So if your husband calls, you might only feel a dull tingling, but if it's your teenage daughter calling you'd feel a mighty itch.
Originally posted by Unrealised
To me, it's another step in getting people to accept implantable devices.
The application described an ink enhanced with magnetic compounds used to make visible or invisible images "attached to the skin".
Originally posted by Afterthought
The phone would emit magnetic waves and the tattoo would act as a receiver. When the waves hit the tattoo, it would set off a tactile response in the user's skin.
Originally posted by Cyberdaz
A little scary to say the least! What happens if a whole new technology arises, eliminating the need for the phone as we know it? Either way, it seems that biotechnology is slowly creeping into our every day...