This is what happens when your tech touches back.
French researcher Marc Teyssier developed “MobiLimb” as an experiment to bring touch to communication devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
“My PhD topic is around touch or communication. So when we talk with people in real life we touch each other to communicate emotions, for example, a stroke on the arm, or stuff like that,” he explained. “But for mobile devices and interaction in general in computers, we don’t use touch at all.”
The creepy finger connects to smartphones and can move just like the real thing. The finger can even pull the phone across the surface it’s resting on, and friends can remotely activate it to caress your hand.
The finger can also be customized to look like a cat’s tail or a scorpion’s stinger.
Teyssier thinks that this project sheds light on the future of tech and where it might interact with us like we interact with each other.
“This kind of project, more organic, might be an answer, just to consider the smartphone different.” he said. “Like, if it was more alive what would be the reaction with it? Maybe we wouldn’t throw it in the trash after two years, right?”