Nokia files patent for ringing cellphone tattoo

A man walks past a banner of Nokia at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show, in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

March 20, 2012 10:19:34 PM PDT
People of a certain age seem to covet two things: smartphones and tattoos. Well, Nokia has figured out a way to combine the two.

The Swedish phone-maker has filed a patent for a tattoo that would vibrate when a phone call was coming in or when the phone battery was running low.

The person would scratch their arm to get rid of the alert and it would feel like a tingling sensation. The tattoo is a material that attaches to skin, detects a magnetic field and then transfers that stimulus to the skin.

It could be the next big thing.