Motorola Patents Microphone Neck Tattoo

Once an attribute of the most hardened of criminals, Motorola is bringing the neck tattoo to the masses.

Motorola has brought new meaning to the wearable technology trend, with the filing of a patent for the ‘Electronic Tattoo 110’.

The Electronic Tattoo 110 is a microphone tattoo that is applied to the user’s neck, designed to create a better sound quality when making a phone call.

Motorola's illustration of the tattoo's placement

The tattoo would work by picking up sound straight from the throat by reading the vibrations and fluctuations of the voice box, and then sending these sounds to a smartphone. This would apparently cut out the background noise that often makes a phone conversation difficult to hear.

Before you begin picturing needles embedding electronic devices into your neck just for better sound quality, the ‘tattoo’ is actually less of a tattoo and more of a sticker. However, whether it will be permanent or temporary has not been made clear in the patent application.

The tattoo would have a transceiver embedded in it for wireless communication, and will either contain a replaceable battery or will be rechargeable, possibly by solar power.

A previous prototype for an electronic skin tattoo by Motorola

It also has the possibility of being used as a lie detector, or "a galvanic skin response detector to detect skin resistance of a user". Skin reacts differently when a person is lying than when they’re telling the truth, and the Electronic Tattoo 110 would have the capability to read these reactions and catch out a liar.

Nobody is quite sure why but Motorola also added that the tattoo can be applied to animals.

Although it would be useful for those wanting to eliminate the sounds of other dogs barking in the background when trying to have a chat with their dog, or for owners of a cat suspected of telling fibs.

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Written by Isabelle Barker