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Ever feel like your smartphone is becoming more and more an extension of yourself? This is a newly developed device in case it breaks down even more barriers between you and your phone is connected to a life-like “skin”, which is alleged to react to the human touch, such as pinching and tickling.
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Marc Teyssier and his colleagues in the Telecom, Paris, France, have invented an artificial skin, for the technology and the devices that it detects, processes and interprets a variety of movements. For example, the case gives you in anger, pinching, or pulling of the skin, and gives you a sense of the user. When a user stimulates an accessory, there will be a smiley emoji on your phone.
“I wanted to use my phone,” Teyssier said the New Scientist, when asked why he designed the skin.
In a paper released Saturday, investigators, researchers, building on the long history of the use of artificial skin in the area of robotics for harvesting, “the interactive properties of the skin, which is particularly useful for human-computer interaction.” In essence, the researchers believe that the phone is on the skin of the user to be more expressive.
The researchers have developed a “Skin” of prototypes for smartphones, touchpads, and it also has a wrist strap for the smartwatch. According to the paper, with the Skin-On-interfaces provide a natural physical affordances”, which means that users will be more likely to explore the interface and discover the new controls.
The creepily realistic, the skin layer consists of a layer of a flexible metal wire between two layers of silicone. The application of pressure to the skin, it changes the electrical charge of the situation.
The Telecoms team, you will be presented this week at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology in New Orleans, louisiana.
The team has big plans for the future, in order to make the skin more realistic, with the enclosed for her, and temperature. They will be able to look at larger areas, as they are said to be one of the participants suggested that the idea of a Skin On the wall. The paper also called for the change of the structure of the skin, such as sweat or goose bumps, in order to indicate disgust or frustration.
“In general, our goal is to continue to explore the different kinds of anthropomorphism, in the direction of a human-like” devices,” the paper concluded.
“The idea is, perhaps, a little bit of a surprise, but the skin is an interface, which we are very familiar with it, so why not use it and can compete with the devices that we use on a daily basis?” Dr. Anne Roudaut, a professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Bristol and co-author of the study, said in a news release.
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“This work explores the intersection between man and machine,” Roudaut said, according to Popular Mechanics. “We’ve seen a lot of work to try to increase the people’s parts of the machines, and here we will look at the other way round, and try to take advantage of the devices that we use on a daily basis are more like us, i.e. human-like.”