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Motorola patents throat tattoo communication device

Motorola has applied for a patent for a bizarre wearable communication device that would be tattooed onto a person’s throat.

No, it’s not April 1. Motorola has genuinely applied for a patent that would lend the term ‘wearable tech’ to a whole new level.

In a proposal that trumps even owner Google’s novel Google Glass effort, the proposed device “comprises an electronic skin tattoo capable of being applied to a throat region of a body.”

Why would you want such a thing on your throat? Because it would contain a microphone that could pick up vibrations from your larynx, thus filtering out background noise. But of course.

In addition to a mic, the throat tattoo device would feature an antenna, a transceiver, Bluetooth, NFC, and a battery that “may or may not be rechargeable.” We dread to think how that would need to be charged.

It could also, apparently, come with its own screen. Though one assumes it would be slightly awkward to see.

If all this wasn’t bizarre enough, Motorola claims that the device could be used as a lie detector, picking up on the “galvanic skin response” of the 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,” reads the patent application.

The concept is, quite frankly, bonkers. But we love Motorola for it. Perhaps it’s trying to impress Google with its own outlandish ‘moon shot.’

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Via: Unwired View

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