Give me a buzz … literally. 23


This is a guest post by Shelly Runyon. Follow her on Twitter @shelly_runyon.

I’ll admit it – in a fit of teenage angst, soon after I turned 18, I went to a tattoo parlor, and to the great disappointment of my parents, I got a tattoo. I have no regrets, I love it – it’s a snapshot of a moment of time, reminding me always to “do me” as they say on the Jersey Shore. It hurt. That was the end of that phase for me.

But with recent news of the patented technology by Nokia that would allow cell phone alerts to be felt through magnetic pulses resonating in tattoo ink, reported by Fox News, I’ve found myself once again pondering the idea of a tattoo. But would I feel the same way about a tattoo that connects me to my cell phone?

In the long term, when I’m 85, will I feel the need to be as connected to my smartphone (if they even exist then) as I do now? Or will I be forever branded with an out-of-touch piece of technology embedded, literally, into my skin?

Now I’m not 18 anymore, and these days I worry about what I’m putting on or in my skin. The active, or should I say, reactive material in these tattoos will likely be metal. From iron to magnetite to neodymium, which is used in computer hard drives, the range of possibilities is pretty wide. It’s also safe to say that the effects of those metals against cellular walls, muscle tissue and blood may be pretty wide.

Luckily, besides a tattoo, Nokia is also toying with a temporary solution – their patent also allows for “temporary magnetic spray, stamp, sticky decal or perhaps a wristband,” reports Fox News. I’m much more apt to put a patch on my arm than  metal in my skin – but even then, vibrating uncontrollably – I can’t imagine the feeling.

Will it be like a bee-sting or self-induced electroshock therapy? And when your arm is wet, say, in the shower, will the tingling spread to other parts of your body? I’ll be waiting to find out!


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