Google Throat Tattoo: Would you wear it?

The future is now, and it is coming for you. Last week, Motorola Mobility (owned by Google), filed for a patent for a new wearable technology. It is described as something “that comprises an electronic skin tattoo capable of being applied to a throat region of a body.” Of course, you can also place it on your collar.

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The tattoo is temporary, and it is intended to have the ability to communicate with your devices such as your smartphone, Google Glass, and gaming peripherals. It works by sending messages, via a Bluetooth connection. And, it comes with a power source and microphone. Essentially, you can manage your devices through your voice. This way, you can be hands-free, all the time.

In addition, it also has lie-detection capabilities. According to Google, “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 that may be nervous or engaging in speaking falsehoods may exhibit different galvanic skin response than a more confident, truth telling individual.”

The company suggests this technology may be beneficial for individuals who have a career in security, such as law enforcement managing large events. It may also help to promote clearer communication within noisy environments.

The tattoo is about the size of a band-aid, and not much larger than a standard postage stamp. If you have pets, you can place it on them as well, but it is not clear why you would do so.

With the advent of smart watches and Google Glass, wearable tech is here to stay. What are your thoughts on this tech tattoo? Let us know in the comments section below!


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  • November 13, 2013

    Laura Suarez-Potts

    I wonder if it’s also a secret tracking device. What’s next? RFID?

  • December 18, 2013

    Sweet Lemon Media

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