The first “touch-sensitive” phone case made out of human skin-like material aims to enhance our emotional communication. Gross or genius?
Let me start: it’s gross, it would be genius if it did not feel gross. According to those who experienced it, it looks and feels a lot like the real thing, but cold…
But more than its feel, this phone case wants to help us reconnect. It responds to different “human” gestures such as pressing, tickling, stroking, pinching and even stretching. The software that accompanies the case identifies the gestures and associates them with emotions such as comfort, love or even anger. It can also convert these emotions into actions, like sending a relevant Emoji for example – e.g. a laugh Emoji when tickled.
The human skin-like interactive phone case is the invention of Marc Teyssier of Telecom ParisTech. Marc worked with researches from Sorbonne University and CNRS to develop the technology and prototype.
Marc Teyssier introduced its invention by explaining that: “When we interact with others, we use skin as interfaces. However the objects of mediated communication – such as the smartphone – still has a cold interface that doesn’t allow natural interaction and input. In this project, I wanted to make available the perfect human interface that is the skin for existing device.”ints”]
Why skin on mobile devices? It question the relation we have with our devices, and is also good opportunity to improve emotional communication and enable expressive interaction with user interfaces. #uist2019 #hci #opensource #diy More on https://t.co/LviSQuwoQQ pic.twitter.com/poS6VoadEG
— Marc Teyssier (@marcteyssier) October 18, 2019
I almost forgot to mention: this is a prototype and will NOT be for sale in the near future. Good.
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