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Vibrating tattoos show potential of technical careers

Nokia, a Finnish-based company, has come up with a patent to prevent people from ever missing another ping from their phone. Sometimes your phone can be in the other room, on silent, or you might just be too distracted to notice it through your pocket. The way Nokia suggests you may be able to do this is through a tattoo. The magnetic ink will vibrate along with your phone to ensure you note your phone is calling to you.

The tattoo will be completely customizable in appearance, as will the vibration from the tattoo itself. This could allow people to integrate body art into social connectivity.

Our technology has continued to get smaller in size as it has become more and more advanced. Now, however, we are at an impasse of wanting large screens, but smaller products overall. This is just one of the ways people are attempting to shrink technology: Inserting it into our skin.

The medical field already has been looking into this type of technology. There is a Glucose-Monitoring Tattoo that would help diabetics test their glucose levels without having to prick themselves for blood samples.

Some people, however, feel this technology is more trouble than it is worth. After wading through all of the comments on how this is clearly the mark of the beast spoken about in the Bible’s Book of Revelation, I found several comments suggesting other avenues that could have similar benefits without having to go to such drastic, and permanent measures.

Commenter Jillicentix suggested a vibrating bracelet or ring instead of a tattoo. Many felt a tattoo was far too drastic a measure to take for the simple purpose of not missing alerts from your phone.

Another commenter, Matthew Denniston, made an astute observation when he brought up the issues of putting metallic ink in your skin when you may need an MRI. The specialty ink could be an issue when dealing with not only this medical issue, but also an issue with X-rays and getting through metal detectors at security checkpoints.

People are willing to take drastic measures when technology is involved. People have made jokes about how humanity is quickly falling into the world of Wall-E when it comes to dealing with technology. (Just look at the photo used for this blog.) Not only this, but people put all of the information in their lives into one little computer, sometimes just a mobile device. If they lost that, or had it stolen, the repercussions would be huge, but the convenience factor always seems to win out.

Where this line between convenience and obsession with technology gets drawn is up to the future developers in these technological fields. There is certainly nothing wrong with desiring convenience in your technology, but is there no way to integrate convenience into a product without propelling us into a future of obese, lethargic, chair-ridden humans?

We must learn how to develop technology that is not only built for quicker processing, ease of access, and multitasking, but also built with our body and health in mind as well. We must not only keep our bodies fit, but also our minds. If we get too connected to technology, in situations where we are unable to use it – such as it being broken, under maintenance, or out of reach – we will be completely lost.

Balance is one of the things humanity must comprehend. Balance, in all things, is what will help us gain our convenience, but also increase our productivity and health. We must not throw away things we take for granted now, like our health and vigor, and replace them with speed and ease.

The people who will be in charge of this are the technologically minded. People tend to gravitate to new products without thinking about their possible repercussions. It falls to the people putting out the products to follow their own moral passions and convictions. Will you want to be remembered in the future as the person who developed the technology that caused humanity to fall into lethargy, or the one who propelled us to new heights as a species?

Those entering careers in technology industries have the opportunity to develop new tools that will shape our future. A technical education can lead to new inventions and patents like this one, or possibly one responsible for the well-being of millions. It’s not too late to start your technical education. Take a chance and see if you can affect the future.

—    Brian

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