Google Seeking Patent for Electronic Tattoo

googleGoogle is currently working on patenting a temporary electronic tattoo with Motorola that would be able to stick to the user’s throat. The patent, which was published last week, states that the tattoo would be able to communicate with smartphones, tablets, gaming devices, and various types of wearable technology such as Google Glass. It would work similar to a Bluetooth-style connection and would include a power source and microphone. Users would be able to communicate with their devices via voice commands without having to wear an earpiece or use the Google Glass headset.

Another possibility mentioned in the ten page patent document states that the temporary electronic tattoo could also be used as a lie detector. This would be done by including a galvanic skin response detector, which would able to detect the reactions of users. “Galvanic” is a term that is in reference to the way that some surfaces and skin are able to conduct electricity. Outside of these options, the document even mentions that possible uses could include making incoming and outgoing audio clearer, such as for use with a smartphone. Clearly, while there are many options available for the use of the technology, Google hasn’t chosen any option specifically prior to the patent filing.

Images attached to the patent filing depict the tattoo with a size similar to a postage stamp or a small band-aid. The documents also mention that in addition to being able to stick to the throat with the use of an adhesive, the tattoo could also be used on a collar or a band around the user’s neck. Although it remains unclear about how this upcoming temporary electronic tattoo will be used, there are already an array of possibilities that are being presented. As wearable technology such as Google Glass continue to evolve, there will be countless additional opportunities to make use of options such as the upcoming temporary electronic tattoo.

Woman Ticketed For Using Google Glass on the Road

googleglassnextIs using Google Glass while driving risky to other drivers on the road? That’s what many are asking after the first woman to be ticketed using Google Glass is now defending her decisions. Software developer Cecilia Abadie shared in an interview with Associated Press that she is already in preparations of her defense for the unnecessary arrest. She claims that although the Glass was on, she wasn’t actively using it during her driving experience. Glass was in a passive mode while she was driving and wasn’t even active by the time that the cop arrived.

The officer who stopped Abadie said that he stopped her because she was supposedly speeding. However, when he noticed that her eyewear was a bit different from the norm, he proceeded to add a citation for ‘distracted driving.’ Abadie now claims that due to the officer’s citation, she feels that the laws are fairly outdated now. One officer offered the definition that any item that might take your attention away from the motoring public can be considered to be a distraction, regardless of what it may be; this would include reaching for food, or indeed, using Google Glass.

Yet now that one woman has been ticketed in association with using Google Glass while driving, there are now legislators in states and even other countries wondering whether if it would be easier and safer to just ban the use of Glass. It started with West Virginia and then followed up with Delaware, New Jersey, and even the UK. Abadie has already stated that she will be fighting the legal situations to come because she views it as ‘transparent justice.’ Many of the original Glass users have said that they believe that Google Glass improves driving safety because it ensures that they don’t have to reach for their cell phone.