e-Tattoo


Google has always been at the pinnacle when it comes to innovative commercial products. First, it was Google Glass (for the not so technophiles here, glass is a wearable computer with a smartphone-like display that lets users text, browse the Web, take photos and run other apps, all hands free), now Google-owned Motorola Mobility appears to be aiming a few inches lower, working on a temporary electronic tattoo that would stick to the user’s throat. In other words, they has come up with an electronic tattoo that lets you communicate with your smartphone, gaming devices, tablets or any wearable tech. The idea is that wearer can communicate with their devices via voice commands without having to wear an earpiece or the Glass headset. Instead of actually speaking to Apple’s Siri or Google Now, you could merely think your voice command.

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But hold on for a minute, as there is a bit more to the whole concept than might first appear. The tattoo they have in mind is actually one that will be emblazoned over your vocal cords to intercept subtle voice commands — perhaps even subvocal commands, or even the fully internal whisperings that fail to pluck the vocal cords when not given full cerebral approval. They have applied for a patent for this new technology, so we might just have to do all this Google style. If its good or bad, I’ll let you decide. The patent even states, “the electronic tattoo can also be applied to an animal as well.” I still can’t figure out what Google has in mind.

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In images attached to the patent filing, the size of the tattoo appears to be between a postage stamp and a Band-Aid. Other possible uses include making both incoming and outgoing audio clearer. That could mean anything from making smartphone conversations clearer in a crowded room to being able to listen to music without earphones. Still, whether the e-tattoo becomes a reality for any consumer to buy is yet to be seen.

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