Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Google Tattoo

For years tattoos have been a fashion statement, but in future tattoos can me much more than that. Google owned Motorola Mobility has recently filed a patent in USPTO for an electronic neck tattoo that can serve as a lie detector. The tattoo can be pasted on the neck or worn on collar or on a band around the user’s neck. The patent application highlights that “the electronic skin tattoo can 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.”

The tattoo can mainly serve as supplementary microphone and can be paired with various electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets etc.  This means that the user can easilycommunicate through mobile phone by a voice command without having to press any button. The tattoo can run on rechargeable batteries or can usesolar panel technology, capacitive technology, nanotechnology or electro-mechanical technology as explained in the patent application.


Picture: A drawing from patent application of Google’s neck tattoo by Motorola

The patent which is titled "Coupling an Electronic Skin Tattoo to a Mobile Communication Device” is primarily meant for nullifying the background noise when a caller speaks from a crowded surrounding. The tattoo worn on the neck can improve the voice quality by making the caller more audible to the person on the other end of the call through a noise-cancelling system.

Interestingly, the tattoo could also be worn by animals, although we are clueless as to how it could help an animal. But for now we are sure that this new wearable technology will make one think before lying.

Authored by Sai Ratna Manjari

Posted By Aurobinda Panda

For Biswajit Sarkar – Advocates – IP Attorney