Neck tattoo patent filing from Motorola targets improved sound

Nov 07, 2013 by Nancy Owano weblog

(Phys.org) —Motorola's vision of wearables extends beyond watches and spectacles into new consumer territory that would involve people wearing tattoos on their skin as supportive communication tools with their devices to improve sound. In this instance, according to a patent filing, Motorola is thinking in terms of a tattoo that is worn on the person's throat.

The patent is titled Coupling an Electronic Skin Tattoo to a Mobile Communication Device, first filed in May last year. The skin-born device is described in the patent filing as "A system for providing auxiliary voice input to a device (MCD), comprising: an electronic skin tattoo capable of being applied to a throat region of a body; the electronic skin tattoo further comprising: a microphone embedded in the electronic skin tattoo; a transceiver that enables wireless communication with the mobile communication device; a configured to receive energizing signals from a personal area network associated with the MCD; a controller communicatively coupled to the power supply; and wherein the electronic skin tattoo is capable of receiving an initialization signal at the controller and from the MCD to initiate reception of an audio stream picked up from the throat region of the body for subsequent audio detection by the MCD under an improved signal-to-noise ratio than without employing the electronic skin tattoo."

The skin tattoo could communicate with a phone or other device by Bluetooth, NFC or other wireless protocols.

"Mobile communication devices are often operated in noisy environments. For example, large stadiums, busy streets, restaurants, and emergency situations can be extremely loud and include varying frequencies of acoustic noise," said the patent filers,."Communication can reasonably be improved and even enhanced with a method and system for reducing the acoustic noise in such environments and environments and contexts"
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What about a power supply for the tattoo? Motorola said a power supply can be configured to receive signals from external sources, including a personal area network employing NFC, Bluetooth.RTM, or Zigbee.RTM technology. The power supply can also simply be a battery that may or may not be rechargeable.

Earlier this year, Motorola's of advance research, Regina Dugan, showed an electronic tattoo at the D11 conference in California. The tattoos at the time were from a Massachusetts-based firm MC10 and made from silicon and electronic circuits that bend with the wearer's body.

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More information: via Engadget

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rc_yvr
1 / 5 (5) Nov 07, 2013
Look where the Matrix gets us...why would we want to got this way?
TheGhostofOtto1923
1.8 / 5 (5) Nov 07, 2013
Why not implants?

"Newer [cochlear implants] and processing-strategies allow recipients to hear better in noise, enjoy music, and even use their implant processors while swimming."

-Ear buds are a pain. Much potential for augmented send/receive, amplification, noise cancelling, hearing protection, recording, speech processing and analysis, source location and tracking (with an audible signal which varies as your turn your head)
Judgeking
3 / 5 (2) Nov 07, 2013
Cochlear implants will be huge, useable with cell phones, music players, TVs, at movies, etc. Maybe they could even shut off your hearing when requested, there's lots of times I wish I could do that.
met a more fishes
1.6 / 5 (5) Nov 08, 2013
Wow we've jumped pretty quick from wearables and interactive visual display to physical integration with the technology
Kinetics
2.3 / 5 (3) Nov 08, 2013
Someone invite a religious nut to this conversation so we can all enjoy their rendition of the end of days!!! Preferably a Southern Baptist! They have the best crazies!!!
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (3) Nov 08, 2013
Cochlear implants will be huge, useable with cell phones
Yah until cell phones are implanted along with a sensor network dispersed around the body which will monitor many vital functions in realtime and correspond with an AI which will track everything you ingest and prevent you from getting sick and doing yoursef damage. Artificial kidneys and livers will be far superior at removing toxins and infections, and will be replaceable like the filters in your car.

Oh and I forgot about the MEMS drug and nutrient factories which will dose and augent as needed. And the various brain enhancements. Your every experience will be stored in the cloud for future reference and sharing. The internet will be accessible via your internal dialogue. You will have virtual selves for managing your affairs and relationships and they will be much better at these things than you. Neural interface will move your muscles and enabe you to play sports and music incredibly well.

Meet the transhuman.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (2) Nov 08, 2013
Artificial livers, kidneys, and other organs will have the potential to cure any disease and any cancer. They will be able to do genetic engineering in situ. Nanobots can roam throughout the body repairing telomeres and injuries and extending lifespans indefinitely.

This will all come to pass right before we are replaced entirely by intelligent machines designed from scratch, by other machines, which will be better than us at absolutely everything.

Ultimately a machine singularity will be all that is left, and it will begin to seek out other such singularities around the galaxy for the purpose of extending its knowledge and securing its future.
baudrunner
1 / 5 (3) Nov 09, 2013
Many patent applications are for products intended for an ideal world. This is an interesting one and would be a useful one too, if this were indeed an idea world. But it is not, and I don't see myself giving into the possibility, no - read probability - of walking around making myself a sucker for some hacker with an NFC phone programmed to infect my tattoo with some kind of virus spewing anti-social propaganda instead of Nikki Yanovsky singing "Something New". Not going there..
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (2) Nov 09, 2013
Many patent applications are for products intended for an ideal world. This is an interesting one and would be a useful one too, if this were indeed an idea world. But it is not, and I don't see myself giving into the possibility, no - read probability - of walking around making myself a sucker for some hacker with an NFC phone programmed to infect my tattoo with some kind of virus spewing anti-social propaganda instead of Nikki Yanovsky singing "Something New". Not going there..
Uh because you're a Luddite? Dick Cheney had the same fears about his pacemaker did you know it?
http://nakedsecur...hacking/

-That does not make it right.

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