Patents come with all sorts of grandiose schemes, and this Motorola neck tattoo is no different. According to the Google-owned Motorola patent filing with the US Patent Office, the sticky, tattoo-like electronic microphone is a bizarre solution for noisy phone conversations sprinkled with lies.
Optionally, the electronic skin tattoo can further include a galvanic skin response detector to detect skin resistance of a user. It is contemplated that a user that may be nervous or engaging in speaking falsehoods may exhibit different galvanic skin response than a more confident, truth telling individual.
This is not any sort of contemplating normal people do. Obviously no one wants their smart devices to expose them for lying. However, since the tattoo has a tiny screen and power supply, it could also be able to signal that you’re lying, which would make everyday interactions a lot more interesting.
Aside from the weird medical lie detector, a temporary neck tattoo would also great for hands-free talking in noisy environments. The microphone would be able to capture clear vocal signals directly from your neck while removing noise pollution. Since the microphone is only one half of the conversation, you might need to invest in a separate ear tattoo to hear. Or, more likely, a Google Glass.
Google’s throat mic might seem like a strange accessory, but it’s not the first electronic tattoo we’ve seen. Researchers are already using sticky skin tattoos as medical sensors to monitor patients and athletes. Further, Nokia has also filed a patent for ferromagnetic ink tattoos that could vibrate to let users know they were receive phone calls and notifications on their smartphones. Not only are wearable electronic inks becoming the next smart device, they might be the norm.