For the 0.75% of the world's
mobile users who actually worry about their ringtones disturbing others in movie
theatres, meetings and public transport, vibration mode is always an option, but
even that's too loud for some people. Motorola has patented a novel alternative:
an electrified stimulator pad.
According to the Mobiledia, when an incoming call or message is received, "an
electric potential is placed across the electrodes and physically stimulates the
body, such as areas of the epidermis and underlying muscles, alerting the wearer
of the incoming call in a completely silent manner."
Put simply, incoming calls will give you a tingly sensation. And a therapeutic
massage, says Motorola.
"The stimulus patterns can be manually programmed into the device by the user,
selected from a programmed list of patterns in the device or, alternatively, can
be downloaded to the device from, for example, a doctor's Web site or in-office
computer by a therapist," the patent says. "In this way, the patterns that
provide the most therapeutic benefits can be provided to the user."