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I’m a big fan of tech. You probably knew that, but sometimes tech can go wrong and then I’m not a fan. While we may be in awe of the latest gadget, invention, or device, every so often tech leaves us scratching our heads.
Here are three cases of tech gone wrong.
Cutting edge tech news: Nokia has just applied for a patent for a tech tattoo. No, it’s not a patent for a tattoo of an iPhone or iPad (I’ve never gotten a tattoo of an iPad, but I imagine it would be quite painful), this is Nokia, not Apple. The patent is for a tattoo that has electromagnets embedded in it allowing your tattoo to connect to your smartphone and vibrate when you receive a notification. You can set up notifications for events such as your cell phone ringing, a new email, or a notice from Twitter and/or Facebook.
Think about it. You would never have to miss another call. Or an update about your friend’s cat. Or an email notifying you that you have won the Nigerian lottery. You would literally have your finger on the pulse of tech. Or your arm. Or whatever other part of your body you choose. Be careful not to select too many options for tattoo notifications to avoid being mistaken for having a seizure.
So, is Nokia’s patent the best idea since the wheel or a new level of creepiness? Vote in the poll and let us know what you think!
Although I should probably save this revelation for a post where I’m forced to reveal something about myself, I confess here that I have no tattoos. I have plenty of friends with plenty of tattoos, a/k/a body art, but I have no tattoos at all.
It’s not because I’m wimpy (I’m not) or uncool (I definitely am), but because I try to avoid decisions that affect me for the rest of my life. I’m way too fickle for that. My marriage and kids have been great decisions, but that’s about as far as I go with life-altering choices.
In another story, unrelated to tattoos (this is a tech blog, not a tattoo blog in case you’ve forgotten by now), ZDNet has declared the GoJo Hands Free Handset the Worst Gadget in the World. For the curious, here is a video showing what exactly the GoJo Handset can do:
So what does the GoJo handset do that makes it the World’s Worst Gadget? It uses a suction cup to hold your phone next to your ear for hands-free calling. That’s right, you put the phone next to your ear and the handset will hold it.
But that’s not all!
GoJo will hold up to a 5 lb (2.27 kg) laptop up to your ear. So if you’re looking for a gadget that will adhere your laptop, iPad or landline phone to your head, you’re in luck! Just don’t tell them that The Wonder of Tech sent you.
Google has applied for a patent on technology that would listen to the background noise of your cell phone and scan images from the photos on your cell phone to target ads for you. So if you take a picture of the Liberty Bell with your Android phone, a Google ad might pop up directing you to Pat’s Cheesesteaks.
You may be thrilled with this new tech if you take a picture of yourself and an ad for a modeling agency or beauty contest appears. But if an ad for a plastic surgeon or the local gym pops up, then this probably won’t be your favorite tech.
This patent hasn’t been awarded yet and this tech may never be implemented. But creepiness definitely has been raised to a new level.
Sometimes I wonder about tech.
What do you think of tech tattoos? Would the opportunity to get a buzz every time you got a phone call or an update be a truly great advancement in technology? Are you looking for a device to hold your laptop up to your ear? Would you like getting ads targeted to the pictures you take on your phone or the noise in the background of a cell phone call? Are you curious or apprehensive about what tech is in your future? Let us know in the Comments section below!
I am taking a break from the Internet and going on vacation beginning today. I will still be posting articles while I’m away, so check in often! I will return on April 9 to respond to comments and see the results of today’s poll.
* Liberty Bell image by Chris Brown
* Pat’s Steaks image by Kim’n'Cris Knight