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Would you tattoo a microphone to your neck ?


Posted on Sunday, 10 November, 2013 | Comment icon 21 comments

Mobile technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years. Image Credit: sxc.hu
Telecommunications company Motorola has filed a patent from an unusual new mobile phone mouthpiece.
In a world where almost everyone is connected both to the Internet and to each other through their mobile phones, technology giants and telecommunications companies are waging their own wars for dominance in the hardware and software markets.

In what looks to be a bid to take mobile communications to the next level, Motorola has filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a new type of microphone that is literally tattooed on to a person's throat. Equipped with a power supply and antenna, the tiny microphone would allow the wearer to talk on their phone via a Bluetooth connection.

The patent has raised concerns over the idea of having an audio input device permanently affixed to one's person, not least due to potential health risks but also due to the potential for someone to hack in to the device and listen in on everything a person is saying.

According to the patent the device even goes a step further and doubles up as a lie detector.

"The electronic skin tattoo 200 can further include a galvanic skin response detector to detect skin resistance of a user," the document reads. "It is contemplated that a user that may be nervous or engaged in speaking falsehoods may exhibit different galvanic skin response than a more confident, truth telling individual."

Source: Discovery News | Comments (21)

Tags: Mobile Phone, Motorola

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by Lilly on 10 November, 2013, 23:27
This is one of those "over my dead body" kind of things...and that would rather nullify the entire concept. No one should agree to this, I'd go so far as to say it really shouldn't even be legal.
Comment icon #13 Posted by dummy2b on 11 November, 2013, 2:54
Why not go all the way and put a web cam on the tongue?
Comment icon #14 Posted by Calibeliever on 11 November, 2013, 15:09
Nope Nope Nope
Comment icon #15 Posted by Mikko-kun on 11 November, 2013, 15:12
You wont have a choise. They can just develop the tech to a point where it's just one sting of the needle and you got the mic and transmitter both, or hack to the mic through your cellphone. This will inevitably happen.
Comment icon #16 Posted by puckmomma on 11 November, 2013, 20:07
Think about everything you say, to your kids, to your husband, to your friends about other topics. To police, investigators, higher authority... even when you get a traffic ticket....or in a custody case or lawyers in general, what about conversations with your doctor, It would all be recorded-tapped into and saved to use against you. Intimacy exposed, privacy trumped on..... Didn't they make movies about this?
Comment icon #17 Posted by DieChecker on 11 November, 2013, 21:58
This is not for me, but I could see young teens loving it. I thought the original idea was to put a credit card chip and a phone chip into the back of your left hand?? Just as hard to loose and could be just as much a piece of art.
Comment icon #18 Posted by RedDusk on 12 November, 2013, 3:08
Next will come the barcode tattoos (Book Reference, I do acknowledge the are barcode tatts)
Comment icon #19 Posted by homo.liberis on 27 November, 2013, 19:06
Having a hi frequency radio antennae permanently placed a few inches from one's brain?? Yeah.... great idea, genius!
Comment icon #20 Posted by Child of Bast on 27 November, 2013, 21:01
I think my eyebrows got lost up in my hairline.
Comment icon #21 Posted by DieChecker on 27 November, 2013, 21:03
What if you talk in your sleep? And your phone has voice recognition. And you sleep-call people?


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