Motorola patents skin tattoo throat mic for your smartphone. That can act as a… lie detector
Remember the haptic tattoos that Nokia has been playing with to improve your smartphone experience? Well, Finns are not the only ones exploring tattoos for mobile.
Motorola is looking into their own skin tattoo stickers that could interact with your Moto X or the latest Droid. Only instead of vibrations that inform you about the messages you receive on a phone, Motorola wants to use their stuff as a throat mics, to capture your voice and send it to the phone.
The reason for doing this? Motorola says that such tattoo mic will be better able to hear what you are trying to say in noisy environments, filter out an acoustic noise and transmit clear signal to your phone.
Motorola’s tattoo sticker will come equipped with its own transceiver and antenna, microphone, signal processor, and even a small screen, for some reason. It’s not that you’ll be able to see what’s on that display when its stuck to your throat.
Moto sticker tattoo will also have a power supply unit “configured to receive energizing signals from a personal area network” associated with the smartphone you carry.
And that’s not all. Motorola says that this tattoo mic might include:
“… 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. “
Why would you want your own smartphone accessory to act as a lie detector on yourself, I have no idea. Though that screen I was talking about before? Now that would come in handy for this particular feature, flashing red for all the world to see, that you are lying to your girlfriend on the other end of the line.
Nokia’s haptic tattoos, while pretty far out, at least did make some sense. Tattoo sticker for a throat mic? That’s actually cool.
But all that additional stuff Motorola R&D types are talking about in their patent application? Now that, is just plain weird.