Google patents a throat tattoo with a built-in lie-detecting mobe microphone

Maybe your boss (or spouse?) will want you to wear it:

And then there’s the lie-detector feature. “Optionally,” the filing muses, “the electronic skin tattoo can further include a galvanic skin response detector to detect skin resistance of a user. It is contemplated that a user that may be nervous or engaging in speaking falsehoods may exhibit different galvanic skin response than a more confident, truth telling individual.”

There is more information here.  The pointer is from Charles C. Mann.


Nervousness-detecting, not lie-detecting.

Is the tattoo washable or permanent? If easy to use, I could see it having some legal applications, like in criminal and civil trials

And if people believe in these truth-telling tattoos, imagine the galvanizing shock when they lern that a so-called tattooed truth teller was under the influence of Botox treatments (which prevent nervous tics, and in fact that's one clinical non-cosmetic use for Botox)! Check and mate.

A boon for the passive-aggressives of the world: just comply with social norms, and the tattoo will take care of the rest. The chicken is delicious. Haven't seen you in twenty years, you haven't aged a bit. Awww, you kids are adorable.

One of the easiest ways to look like a d-bag is to wear a Bluetooth mike. This would be a much more unobtrusive option. I'm not down for a decorative tattoo, but until I can get a mastoid transmitter this is the next best thing.

Could the same result be achieved by processing the video of people with freckles? This might be a useful sidebar to televised presidential debates.

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