In a statement to NBC News, Verizon said it "has a well-established track record of respecting its customers' privacy and protecting their personal information. As a company that prizes innovation, Verizon takes pride in its innovators whose work is represented in our patents and patent applications. While we do not comment on pending patent applications, such futuristic patent filings by innovators are routine."
Regardless of whether Verizon's patent turns into in a tangible product on the market anytime soon, there are privacy concerns to be addressed. What will companies do with the data they collect from tracking your actions and conversations? Will you be able to opt in and out?
"That issue will never cease," Blau says. "We've jumped into the land of hyper-tracking, hyper-personalization. These types of technologies will only become more prevalent in the future. Kinect, gesture-driven gaming, was just the start."