Google’s “tattoo” phone can detect lies?

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Google phone tat
This is a drawing included with the Google patent, that shows where the “tattoo” would be worn.

Last week, Google’s company Motorola Mobility filed a patent for what is being called the “Google Tattoo” – a tiny microphone that sticks to a person’s neck and can be used for phone calls. The device may even be able to read someone’s skin-related responses and figure out whether they’re lying or not!

Since the wireless mic “tattoo” will be extremely close to an individual’s vocal cords, it can cut down on all the extra noise from everyday places like restaurants, stadiums, and streets. Their voice will come across crystal clear during a phone call. “Mobile communication devices are often operated in noisy environments,” explains the patent file. “Communication can reasonably be improved and even enhanced with a method and and system for reducing the acoustic noise in such environments and context.”

Okay, so how about the lie detection? The tattoo’s design includes skin resistance detection that might be able to determine if a user is “nervous” by testing their responses under pressure. If they’re confident and telling the truth, their body’s subtle reactions would be different than if their blood pressure was excited by lying to someone.

The tattoo could potentially work with video game systems, computers, and other electronic devices as well.

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