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Motorola files patent for terrifying ‘smart tattoo’ technology

Published Nov 8th, 2013 11:20AM EST
Motorola Smart Tattoo Patent

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Google’s creepier tendencies have clearly made an impression on Motorola, which has now started filing patents for technologies you’d expect to see in Philip K. Dick stories. Engadget has spotted a new Motorola patent application for a kind of “smart tattoo” that basically involves tattooing a microphone to a user’s throat that will then send voice commands to their smartphones and tablets. The idea behind this terrifying creation is to have a microphone that will more easily pick up users’ voice commands and eliminate background noise that could make using voice functionality on your smartphone inconvenient. As weird as this all sounds, we have to admit that the smart tattoo idea is still less creepy than Google’s earlier proposal for password pills.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.