Google's Conversation Neck Tattoo With Lie Detector Version


Google's Neck Tattoo diagram: image via theregister.comGoogle's Neck Tattoo diagram: image via theregister.comGoogle's mobility division has applied for a patent on a neck tattoo that electronically provides voice input to a mobile communication device (MCD) for hands free communication.  On its face, or throat, as is the case, the tattoo is innocent enough, but an optional use for the tattoo includes the exhibit of galvanic skin responses to show whether one is "nervous or speaking falsehoods...." This widens the application to include everyone from criminals to politicians to cheating spouses to, well, just about anyone whose truthfulness one may want to test!

The patent application, "Coupling An Electronic Skin Tattoo To A Mobile Communication Device," was published by the USPTO on November 7, 2013 and the first several claims describe an ingenious electronic tattoo that would pick up one's voice directly from the throat area and communicate it to an MCD without the interruption and distraction of ambient noise.

One might imagine such a device could be used by police and municipal service workers or anyone attempting electronic communication in a noisy environment.  The patent application even includes the ability to program the neck tattoo so that certain sounds would initiate commands that are read and communicated by the MCD. If individual citizens could wear the neck tatoos, or an embedded tattoo ring in their collars, also suggested in the patent application, such signals might be used to lock or unlock doors, turn lights on or off and several other office and home applications.  They could also be programmed to call police or other emergency personnel.

Among the truly ingenious uses for Google's throat tattoo described and shown in the application's figures is "the electronic skin tattoo (200) can further include a galvanic skin response detector to detect skin resistance of a user" who "may be nervous or engaging in speaking falsehoods" and therefore, "exhibit different galvanc skin response than a more confident, truth telling individual."

Essentially, as I read it, this device would function as a more or less continuous lie detector determining the veracity of every word the wearer utters, even perhaps his thoughts.... Do you think that is what Google has in mind?  Let's just ask it and see if it tells us the truth!


sources: The Register, USPTO, via Business Insider