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Google creating a new electronic ‘throat tattoo’

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For those that love the idea of a tattoo but hate the idea of permanency, Google might have the perfect creation for you.

According to CNN tech writer Doug Gross, the American corporation is going one step further — and a few inches lower — than its Google Glass invention.

Motorola Mobility, a Google-owned company, has reportedly filed a patent for a system “that comprises an electronic skin tattoo capable of being applied to a throat region of a body.”

The patent says the tattoo would communicate with smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and wearable tech like Google Glass via a Bluetooth-style connection and would include a microphone and power source. The idea is that wearers could communicate with their devices via voice commands without having to wear an earpiece or the the Glass headset.

The ‘throat tattoo’ would be between the size of a postage stamp and Band-Aid.

But in theory, it wouldn’t just allow a user to access his or her technological devices. According to the patent document, the tattoo would also have the capability to be used as a lie detector.

“Optionally, the electronic skin tattoo can further include a galvanic skin response detector to detect skin resistance of a user,” the 10-page document reads. “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.”

The patent, which was filed last week by Motorola, also suggested that the tattoo could be applied to animals.

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