Thursday, November 14, 2013

Motorola Applies for Patent on Mic Tattoo

Microphone that users would have tattooed onto their throats
New tech ideas come and go so quickly that they are almost the definition of "planned obsolescence".  Yet tattoos are relatively forever.  You can't just move on to the next thing and expect your old tattoo to disappear, or wither away from lack of attention. So you would have to cast a wary eye at the latest invention from Motorola, now a part of the Google empire.

Motorola is applying for a patent that would tattoo a working microphone onto a user's throat, just to the side of the larynx.  This mic would carry ultra-clear sound from the user's voice box directly to a mobile device.  As a commenter noted, when the ITat2 is released and makes your shiny first-generation ITat obsolete, do you need to visit a laser tattoo removal clinic to upgrade?

Hunter Communications Original News Source:
Los Angeles Times

Link to article:
Would you get a microphone tattooed on your throat?

Excerpt: "Developing wearable tech devices is all the rage these days. Think Google Glass eyewear, Samsung's smartwatch. Now comes an idea that may beat them all.

Motorola, the Google-owned phone maker, has applied for a patent for a technology that would allow users to have microphones embedded in their throats.

The mic tattoos would connect with users' mobile devices wirelessly, and, by being positioned close to a user's larynx, could pick up clearer audio than the regular microphones that we use today, Motorola says.

Besides humans, Motorola's patent document says the technology could also be used for animals. We're not sure why Motorola would want to tattoo microphones onto animals, but PETA probably wouldn't be too happy about that."

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