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Google patenting an electronic tattoo

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Sometimes it may feel like you're attached to your smartphone, but Google is working on making that concept a reality. Google is developing a temporary electronic tattoo that would stick to the user's throat. 

Motorola Mobility, owned by Google, has filed for a patent "that comprises an electronic skil tattoo capable of being applied to a throat region of a body." 

According to the patent, the tattoo would use a Bluetooth-style connection to communicate with smartphones, gaming devices tablets and technology like Google Glass. The tattoo would have a microphone and power source, allowing users to communicate with their devices through voice commands without wearing an earpiece or headset. 

The device also has the potential 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."

CNN reports the tattoo appears to be between a postage stamp and a Band-Aid in size. The filing says that in addition to sticking via an adhesive to the throat, the tattoo could go on a collar or a band around the user's neck.

Other possible uses include making both incoming and outgoing audio clearer. That could mean anything from making smartphone conversations clearer in a crowded room to being able to listen to music without earphones.

The patent also states "the electronic tattoo can also be applied to an animal as well."

CNN Contributed to this report. 

 

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