Coming soon: vibrating, remote-controlled tattooes. Nokia has a patent filing for:
the application of tattoos with ferromagnetic inks, that will vibrate based on commands from your phone.
Think of it: "You must have a call, as your tattoo is vibrating." Or when will the first time happen, when we wonder about another person's twitchingskin, which seems to reveal a tic. Is it a muscle spasm or file downloading, or something horribly other?
Applications for sex and torture are obvious.
So how would it work in practice?
The tattoo would be applied using ferromagnetic inks. The ink material would first be exposed to high temperatures to demagnetize it. Then the tattoo would be applied. You’ll apparently be able to choose the actual image you want as the tattoo. The procedure is identical to that of getting a ‘normal’ tattoo – only the ink is special.
After the tattoo has been applied, you’ll need to magnetize it. That means bringing the tattooed area in the close proximity of an external magnet, and going “several times over this magnet to magnetize the image material again”. The tattoo will then have enhanced sensitivity towards external alternating magnet fields, and will basically function the same way the aforementioned material attached to your skin did. Only in a more permanent fashion, so to speak.
What will the art forms enabled by tattoo 2.0 look like?