Taunting touchscreen tattoo-phone

Her cell phone is ringing, but the display is turned off. She lightly pushes a small dot on the skin on her left forearm to suddenly reveal a two by four inch tattoo with the image of the cell phone’s digital display, directly in the skin of her arm. She answers the call by pushing a tattooed button on her arm. While she’s talking, the tattoo comes to life as a digital video of the caller. When she finishes, the tattoo disappears.

Now imagine yourself sipping something exotic and maybe reading on a rooftop. Suddenly, the face of a dear friend [presently in Shanghai, for instance] emerges through the skin on your forearm. A long-overdue conversation begins. Not a bad prospect, mm?

Body modification may be a somewhat neglected topic here at Coilhouse, but every once in a while something truly unique catches our collective eye. Take this render of a blood-fueled subcutaneous cell phone implant, for instance. Revealed by Jim Mielke at Greener Gadgets Design Competition, this is not an actual phone with keypad, earpiece and mic, but rather a thin touchscreen – a silicon and silicone pad which runs on your very own fuel! Myriads of tiny spheres change from clear to black during calls and can be seen through your skin, digital video of the caller coming into view once a call begins.

Only a concept at the moment, this is a mod I’ll be signing up for just as the option is available, provided there is a way to turn the thing off. Via Psyorg.

9 Responses to “Taunting touchscreen tattoo-phone”

  1. Jerem Morrow Says:

    HA! I just clicked over to submit this! GREAT GREAT SHITE.

  2. Zoetica Says:

    Jerem, we now are of one mind. Submit. Submit. Submit.

  3. the daniel Says:

    It bugs me when designers make really realistic renders for products that are not really realistic to bring to market anytime soon, and are then vague when writing about it whether it’s ‘real product’ or not. THAT SAID, I think this is extremely cool, right up there with flying cars and monorails. Taunting touchscreen tattoo-phone: a hope I can believe in.

  4. ampersandpilcrow Says:

    Zoe, Jerem: Heh. Damn mind currents

    This does bring up the possibility too of activated body art, dormant (during work, for example) until you press a button and suddenly there’s a lit design all over your skin. There could even be different configurations for different occasions.

  5. Jerem Morrow Says:

    Zo: Have ye ever had to supply an urge before? :P Count on it.

    Amper: Heh- Collective subconscious sandwich

  6. ampersandpilcrow Says:

    Jerem: “Error: You are not authorized to view this protected entry” Ack! There are exclusion pickles on my subconscious sandwich. Ah well. *fixes that*

    Great community. Thanks for the link.

  7. Jami Says:

    I love this.

  8. Tequila Says:

    I’m more of a Starship Troopers “communication devices in your teeth” kinda guy but this does look cool…but it’d have to be a truly amazing piece of ink.

    Though I guess if we ever reach that level we’d have already figured out how to easily reproduce human skin…

    This is something you’d see in one of David Cronenberg’s sci fi films…only it’d slowly drive you insane and place calls to other dimensions…

  9. tDIYm Says:

    eeeeesch!! *shudder**