Google Patents Microphone “Tattoo” For Your Neck

    November 12, 2013
    Zach Walton
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What’s up with Google and hi-tech tattoos? Earlier this year, Motorola showed off a new concept for wearable computing that involved the user getting an electronic tattoo. Now Google has filed a patent for a similar technology that may one day replace the now new smart watch.

Google’s new patent – “Coupling an electronic skin tattoo to a mobile communication device” – is just as it sounds. It’s an electronic temporary tattoo that a user applies to their neck, and connects to their smartphone to allow for hands free calling. Think of it like an extension of the behind the ear microphones that secret service agent use, but this technology is even more inconspicuous.

Speaking of which, Google itself says the technology would be best suited for security personnel at events or emergency situations. For example, plains clothes officers could communicate with each other at events without arousing any suspicion.

Interestingly enough, Google also says that its neck tattoo could be used as a more sophisticated lie detector. Here’s how they envision it working:

“Optionally the electronic skin tattoo 200 can further include a galvanic skin response detector to detect skin resistance of a user it is contemplated that a user may be nervous or engaging in speaking falsehoods may exhibit different galvanic skin response than a more confident, truth telling individual.”

As was said above, the tattoo is only temporary as it’s applied via a “sticky substance.” It probably won’t be long, however, before somebody directly applies a microphone to their throat through a tattoo or other method. The cyborg revolution is only just beginning after all, and Google may be one of the harbingers.

[Image: United States Patent and Trademark Office] [h/t: Softpedia]
  • Poop

    Ok, so I understand security personnel and such possibly needing this device and puttting it to good use. But, lets be real here, every idiot out there is gonna want one just for the cool factor it has to offer not because they need it. We don’t need tattoo microphones for our freaking necks! Pick up the damn phone and make a call or put some headphones with a microphone on and make your call. We have all this fucking technology available and we use it to make microphone for people necks…holyshit! I mean no one even makes phone calls anymore. Tisk tisk it’s a shame to wonder what the human race could have accomplished by now if we used technology to better ourselves not to make microphone for peoples necks and a “new” version of the iphone every six months.

  • lol

    re: poop

    …says the guy who uses the technology in order to atack it…