Neck tattoo by Motorola allows wearers to operate a smartphone

Motorola-tattoo3Motorola, which was acquired by Google two years ago, has submitted a patent that is tantalizing to say the least: the mobile phone manufacturer intends to develop electronic tattoos. These tattoos are to function as a mobile microphone, digital display and lie detector.

The electronic tattoo allows its wearers to directly record sounds. All background noise will be cancelled in the process. The recorded wave patterns, or sounds, are transmitted to a smartphone via Bluetooth, NFC or ZigBee. The tattoo features an integrated battery.

The patent reads as follows:

“Mobile communication devices are often operated in noisy environments … Communication can reasonably be improved and even enhanced with a method and system for reducing the acoustic noise in such environments and contexts.”

Besides improving the sound quality of phone conversations, the patent states that the tattoo can function as a lie detector. If people get nervous, they often start to sweat. This changes the conductive force of their skin, making it possible to identify when they are lying.

The patent also mentions the option to equip the electronic tattoo with a display, which means that you could operate your smartphone through your tattoo. How and if this will work in actual practice is something that for now still remains to be seen. So the wait is for when Motorola starts applying this technology in actual practice!