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How About No: Motorola Patent Wants to Tattoo a Microphone On Your Throat


In a case of taking “wearable technology” a bit too far, we have Motorola’s latest application for a patent. The latest tech that Motorola is trying to patent wants to cut down on the pesky background noise you have during phone calls thanks to the space between your mouth and the microphone. Moto wants to cut out the middleman here and put the mic directly on your neck: by tattooing it there. What?

The idea behind this is a solid one. Vibration coming straight from your vocal chords would make a microphone on your neck pick up pretty clear sounds, but who would go this far? It would connect to your smartphone via NFC or Bluetooth, but it would include a battery as well as a microphone. Moto said that this battery “may or may not be rechargeable,” so changing the battery on your neck tattoo might be something you actually have to do in the future.

Can we agree this is a bit too far?

Via: Engadget

  • Carlyle C. Wilson

    Hell. No.

  • Nathaniel Otto

    i would get a microphone tattoo actually

  • Yannick Mark Perryman

    Can’t wait til i can get NFC in my cock.

  • Ken

    does it actually say tattoo? not just a sticker you put on? where’s the actual patent filing that says “tattoo” on it?

  • CaptM

    OH GOD, NOT ANOTHER PATENT WAR!!!!!, I suppose that Apple has been already working on this also, the iTat, iVoice, iTie, it’ll be all out drag down war with this one.

  • Lucki

    Did no one actually read the patent?
    “and a power supply configured to receive energizing signals from a personal area network associated with the MCD. A controller is communicatively coupled to the power supply.”

  • CHRIS42060

    We could talk on our cell phones and the NSA would set up millions of bluetooth stations to intercept any speech in general.

  • droidrazredge

    This is starting to become like the Matrix to surreal!!!!!

  • tommy

    does it work to mute the vocal cords? i can see several applications this could be handy… swipe to silence?

  • TheSimpleTruth

    Maybe a little bit of a pain. I want something i can put there and forget about. Make the device power itself from the vibrations your voice makes, or the heat your body produces.. then maybe I’d go that far.

  • WPNX

    I’m not so sure it’s a tattoo..It seems more likely that is is a sticker that can be removed and reapplied as needed. It only make sense taking into consideration the sticker tech that moto is using with the moto x.

    • Blasmonk

      You’re right. If anyone actually read the patent, they would see that they mean something more like a sticker or one of those temporary tattoos. They say it “can be applied to a region of the body via an adhesive”.

  • Michael Hammond

    Wow … you’d think the brains at Moto would come up with something better than that …. that, is just a waste of time and money …..

  • duke69111

    You know some guy/gal at Motorola was drinking heavily when they thought up this great idea.

  • TheRobotCow

    Only if i get my cake at the end of testing

  • John E. Jablonski

    would changing the battery be covered under Obamacare?

  • d-rock

    I’m in!

  • Blue Sun

    Patents like this are why Google bought Motorola.

  • RetsuUnohana

    If they don’t, someone else will.

  • Tony Byatt

    Coming to a soldier near you…

  • OnlyNexus

    If you want this service through Verizon, you will also have to tattoo their logo on the opposite side.

    • Butters619

      And get a Verizon tramp stamp….

  • jrshermz

    Actually it was requested by the NSA thru Moto to avoid suspicion and increase compliance. Could also be hidden in obamacare as a requirement.

  • mtkregs

    If it has a little flashing blue light on it; you’ll see people all over Walmart wearing them.

    • Mike

      Isn’t that K-Mart? Blue Light Special

  • gambit07

    Not sure why the article is making this sound so crazy. This is the natural evolution of wearable tech.

    • John Davids


  • trendingto

    day by day mobile trend is changing to wearable trend,..http://trendingto.blogspot.in/

  • George Fayad

    I’d do it.

  • cizzlen


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  • Ben Murphy

    Is this free too??

    • Blue Sun

      The Verizon branded tattoo will probably set you back a bit. Expect firmware delays to be lengthy with this version too.

  • Godzilla


    • Jeve Stobs

      Only if it come with Gorilla glass contacts.

  • flosserelli

    What could possibly go wrong?

  • Larry Wei

    but Steve Jobs already patented the Adam’s Apple

  • Godzilla


    • michael arazan

      Dead or Alive you are coming with me.

  • brkshr

    The NSA could tap us

  • cbstryker

    I hate article titles like this “How About No: Motorola Patent Wants to Tattoo a Microphone On Your Throat”

    How about no, a patent filing does not mean “Motorola wants to tattoo a microphone to your throat”.

  • Benjamin Parker

    Star Trek’s subcutaneous transmitter lives on…

    • Godzilla

      hah! win!

  • Godzilla

    • WOW!… She totally messed up the install.

    • KG

      here’s one person who was pissed over the rebranded Moto logo

  • Donald Sweeper

    That’s Nucking Futs!

  • Godzilla

    Logan’s run!!!

  • zepfloyd
  • bd1212

    LOL. This, while extremely unlikely to be done by anybody, would be awesome. Imagine this + HD Voice. SUPER CLEAR HD VOICE!!!11one1!

    • geedee82

      I can’t wait for the Super Duper Clear Voice Maxx XHD!

      • bd1212

        Just imagine the names Verizon could come up with for something like this… “Introducing the new Droid SuperClear XHD MAXX+ with IncrediVoice Technology. You’ve never heard anything like it before.”

        • StockGS3er

          Aaannnddd…that’s now in Verizon’s product pipeline.

        • normmcgarry

          You realize their newest phones are the Moto X and Moto G, right?

          • bd1212


  • Eddie R

    who has a noes that looks like that?

    • geedee82

      I was thinkin the same thing…dudes face looks freaky

    • TMKvamme

      He is a Na’vi

      • michael arazan

        I have seen hundreds of noses just like the one in the pic recently….but they were on jack-o-lanterns

  • Richard Jackson

    Tank crews in WW2 use to have throat mikes. I could see myself using one if I work in a stupid load work place.

  • Ryan
    • Ryan

      Its a TRAP!! lol

    • gloriahodnett555

      before I looked at the check ov $4001, I didn’t believe
      …that…my best friend was like really making money parttime from there
      labtop.. there great aunt has done this for only fifteen months and recently
      paid for the mortgage on their apartment and bought a great new Aston Martin
      DB5. we looked here, tiny.tw/3daL

  • dtraini30

    I’m in.

  • Josh Shaw

    If Google sells it under the name Google Scar(f) I’d be down.

  • Bobby Cornwell


  • Robert Macri

    I can see uses for this, but not mainstream. Maybe military?

  • Tyson Wald

    love it. sign me up

  • Walter Partlo

    It a patent application for a technology, not an attempt for widespread neck tattooing. This technology could be very valuable, so a patent is a prudent move.

    • Sean

      I am sure Apple already thought of it. ::eyeroll::

      • Walter Partlo

        Apple will “invent” the technology in a few years.

        • droidrazredge

          Hahaha that or they’ll copy this and release it and call it “true innovation” like they were the first to think of it.