Google files patent for 'throat tattoo'
WE HAVE been hearing a lot about wearable technology, but Google may have something more intimate than glasses in mind.
Google's Motorola Mobility unit is seeking a patent on technology covering the use of an electronic neck tattoo as a microphone for a mobile electronic device, Bloomberg reported.
According to application 20130297301, published in the database of the US Patent and Trademark Office last Thursday, the electronic skin tattoo can include an embedded microphone, a transceiver for enabling wireless communication with the mobile device and a power supply configured to receive energising signals from a personal area network associated with the device.
The tattoo would be placed near a user's throat. It could be applied with adhesive to either humans or animals, or could be embedded in a band or collar, according to the application, which was filed in May last year.
The tattoo would communicate with smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and wearable tech like Google Glass via a Bluetooth connection, CNN reported.
This means that the Glass headset could do away with an earpiece - by turning you into one.
It could also mean that the wearer can listen to music without earphones.
Having a voice receiver on your throat could also help reduce street noise and other nearby sounds that often enter microphones and distort communications, Computer World said.