Motorola Files Patent For Digital Tattoo That Pairs With Your Smartphone

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Motorola might not be the dominant force it once was, but it sure does know how to get people talking. Its latest patent does more than enough to make that happen, because it's yet another one of those ideas that seems to be pulled straight out of a 1980's science fiction movie.

The patent, titled "Coupling an electronic skin tattoo to a mobile communication device", would see a user get a tattoo on their neck to aide in a couple of different scenarios. For starters, because it's attached to the neck, it could improve voice clarity while on the phone (I'm not going to pretend I understand the hows here). Further, it could be used to help prove your innocence via lie detection means.

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This of course wouldn't be an ordinary tattoo - it's electronic. That means that it could directly interface with your mobile device via a variety of means, including Bluetooth, NFC, and so forth. If I could suggest something, how about having vibration built right in as well? I'd rather an alarm wake me up that way than via a frustrating pulsing noise.

Admittedly, I couldn't imagine getting a tattoo like this, but the idea behind it is kind of... neat. One important thing to note is that this tattoo would almost certainly not be a permanent one. Instead, it'd be a preconfigured design that'd likely be slapped on your neck and replaced every once in a while.

This idea is way "out there", and I'm sure its possible reality is as well. Would you equip a tattoo like this to your neck?

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kalqlate replied on Sat, Nov 9 2013 11:23 AM

Surely, it will come to pass. Even more interesting and popular will be, instead of a single LED, larger format "second skin" full tattoo displays that can be programmed with images and/or video via an LED array or advanced, ultra thin, matte plastic versions of upcoming flexible display technology. How foolish of this patent not to include images/video. THAT is what will be in high demand. A single LED? Meh.

All that said, I can see a tremendous number of uses even for a single LED version. I can imagine swank parties where those allowed entrance are "stamped" with one of these easily removable tattoos (that also include a bit of ram for coding an ID number, LED color, LED flashing pattern, etc.), and everyone pretentiously walks about with flashing necks. Also for children at swimming pools: a pressure sensor and timer could wirelessly alert when a child's head has been under water for more than a few seconds.

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