Motorola’s e-skin tattoo Mobile Phone authentication system – The Mark of The Beast

Posted on January 6, 2014 by


The Mark of The Beast

Motorola Skin Tattoo Patent Contains Bizarre Big Brother Twist

In June 2013 Patently Apple reported on both Apple and Motorola looking to introduce device authentication systems for mobile devices. While Apple’s Touch ID has since come to market with their new iPhone 5S, Motorola is still working on their own system. One of Motorola’s more intriguing authentication system options includes the use of a consumer applied electronic skin tattoo. Motorola first openly discussed this system with Walt Mossberg during their annual D11 conference held in May of 2013 or just weeks prior to Edward Snowden’s NSA spying revelations. All of sudden, Motorola’s e-skin tattoo authentication system doesn’t seem to be as innocent as first thought, especially in light of a bizarre admission that we found in a Motorola patent application published by the US Patent Office.

Motorola Introduces their E-Tattoo Invention

Motorola’s invention relates to a system for providing auxiliary voice input to a mobile communication device or “MCD.” The system comprises an electronic skin tattoo capable of being applied to a throat region of the body (see patent FIG. 3 below) or embedded in a collar or band that would be worn around the throat a user. The collar or band may be flexible or stiff.

The idea is to unlock a user’s mobile device display with only the use of their voice that is monitored by an electronic skin tattoo that could recognize the owner’s voice pattern, or surpassing a certain frequency threshold. For example, a certain word can be spoken that will enable the display to illuminate when the electronic skin tattoo senses the pattern or frequency corresponding to the spoken word or utterance. In the same vein, a motion of the throat muscle or tissue may also cause the display to light.

The electronic skin tattoo can include an embedded microphone; a transceiver for enabling wireless communication with the MCD; and a power supply configured to receive energizing signals from a personal area network associated with the MCD.

Further, the system includes a controller which is communicatively coupled to the power supply. The controller can be configured to receive a signal from the MCD to initiate reception of an audio stream picked up from the throat region of the body for subsequent audio detection by the MCD under an improved signal-to-noise ratio.

The Bizarre

While reading Motorola’s patent, we discovered a very bizarre entry as follows: “Optionally, 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 responses than a more confident, truth telling individual.”

What is this doing in a consumer friendly invention? Could this aspect of the technology be representing a next generation lie detector apparatus? Could this technology be for military interrogations? Is this a possible tool for the police or other governmental agencies? However this ends up being used in the market, its potential for un-friendly applications is rather high.

Overview of the E-Tattoo System

In Motorola’s patent FIG. 1 shown below we’re able to see a block diagram of an example system comprising an electronic tattoo (#110) and a mobile communication device (MCD – # 120) that are communicatively coupled. The electronic tattoo, which can be applied to a region of the body via an adhesive, is further comprised of a controller, a personal area network (PAN) transceiver, audio circuitry, a power supply and a signal processor.

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