Motorola Patent Details Neck Tattoo That’s Actually A Microphone

Motorola Patent Details Neck Tattoo Thats Actually A Microphone

We often get to see interesting things and ideas in patents, and the latest one granted to Motorola really does detail a rather intriguing idea. Titled “Coupling An Electronic Skin Tattoo To A Mobile Communication Device,” the patent was recently granted to Motorola by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The idea is to adorn the user’s neck with an electronic tattoo that has a transceiver, microphone and a power supply. This tattoo can them be used to beam the wearer’s voice to a smartphone, voice which will be captured by the microphone by trapping sound while its “emanating from a throat.” The tattoo would be able to communicate with the smartphone over Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or NFC, and it would potentially eliminate background noise that often causes nuisance in phone calls.

The idea is ambitious to say the least, and maybe even somewhat spooky. The world is just coming to terms with the realization that wearable devices are probably the next frontier, embedded devices such as this electronic tattoo seem just a bit too futuristic, don’t you think? Besides, its a patent after all. We know that everything that’s patented doesn’t get to see the light of day, so it could still take a lot of time before something like this enters the mainstream market.

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    Apple Patents Method For Gifting iBooks

    Apple Patents Method For Gifting iBooksIn real-life, one is able to gift friends and family just about anything, such as albums, clothing, toys, gadgets, books, and etc., but online is a different story, at least as far as digital content is concerned. As it stands in the iTunes Store, users will be able to gift things such as songs, apps, and videos, but oddly enough the option to gift iBooks has not yet been included, probably because Apple and book publishers have yet to work out an agreement regarding such an option. Well it looks like in the meantime, Apple has filed for a patent that would allow users to gift iBooks in the future, and instead of merely presenting the book in a digital format, it will allow for a bit of personalization.

    For example during the course of reading an iBook, the reader might come across a phrase of a paragraph within the book that reminds them of someone. By highlighting that portion of text, they will then get the option of sending that iBook they are reading as a gift, with the ability to use the snippet as a gift message, or have a personalized message incorporated into the file itself (we’re guessing this is why publishers and Apple have yet to come to an agreement since it would essentially modifying the content of the book). Once the gift has been sent and the sender appropriately debited, the receiver of the gift has the option of accepting it, declining it in which the money is refunded, or re-gifting it which isn’t very nice to be honest. There’s no telling when the ability to gift iBooks will come into effect, but for now Apple has made sure to get ready for it.

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    Amazon Smartphone Confirmed To Feature 3D Object Recognition

    Amazon Smartphone Confirmed To Feature 3D Object RecognitionIt does seem as though the upcoming smartphone from Amazon has been confirmed to feature a real world 3D object recognition/matching service confirmed, and this particular bit of confirmation has arrived via a patent app. Additional information is leaking out at this point in time concerning the upcoming Amazon smartphone, where it also carries the codename “Smith”. As for the vaunted an image recognition feature/service, it would basically enable you to snap a photo of an actual 3D object in the real world, match it to an Amazon product and place a purchase.

    This particular new service has been described in Amazon’s patent application as the “User guided object identification”. Should this particular service be implemented, we do wonder just how widespread its use will be, and will this idea actually catch on in the long run? No longer do you need to make some sort of lettered query, as a photo query of a particular object would do.

    As for the other items, the process would be a little bit more complicated. In order to locate and match a shoe, a handbag or other real world item, you will need to do your bit when snapping a photo. For instance, you will need to align a sneaker or a boot in the camera viewfinder/screen so that it will match an outline provided by Amazon, in order to increase its accuracy level.

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