Google Designs A Lie Detecting Throat Tattoo

Google Reveals Throat Tattoo

Tattoos have always been viewed as artwork, but may become something more with Google’s new venture. Google’s Motorola Mobility has applied for a patent for their microphone/lie-detector throat tattoo.

Google electronic skin tattoo

The patent was filed under the name “Coupling an Electronic Skin Tattoo to a Mobile Communication Device“, and explains how the tattoo could serve as a microphone. The close proximity of the tattoo to the user’s mouth means greater audio clarity even in the noisiest of environments. Equipping the tattoo with a transceiver will allow for wireless communication using a paired mobile device. This will also enhance the user’s voice command experience with no need to press the ‘talk’ button before giving a voice command.

Google electronic throat tattoo

The tattoo can also be used as a lie detector by using the “galvanic skin response detector to detect skin resistance of a user”. The patent claims that the wearer of the tattoo will have a different galvanic skin response when they’re nervous or lying as compared to someone who is telling the truth and confident.

Illustration from Motorola 'Electronic Skin Tattoo' patent applicationThe tattoo can use a wide variety of power sources. The patent claims “solar panel technology, capacitive technology, nanotechnology or electro-mechanical technology” as possible methods to provide energy for the tattoo.

Google’s Throat Tattoo can be used be a variety of people and under different real-life scenarios. Ventures such as this and Google Glass show that Google is leading the world into the future with technology and ideas that seem sci-fi. Let’s hope the tattoo’s aren’t permanent and easy to apply and remove (unlike traditional tattoos).


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