Our tech gadgets are lifeless and cold at times, providing no sense of personal connection, as we would find in other humans, however, that has since changed.
According to The Verge, a new tech accessory will be able to caress your hand and keep you company as if someone is there with you.
A research team in France have explored the possibilities of a MicroLimb for some time now, and have finally had their idea come to life. The tech gadgets accessory is a robotic finger attachment that plugs in through a smartphones Micro USB port, allowing it to use its five servomotors, and is powered by an Arduino microcontroller. Although this sounds cool and comforting, it is actually quite creepy to watch.
The attachment can not only caress and hold onto your hand, it can also tap the user’s hand in response to certain phone notifications, be used as a joystick controller and even turn into a cattail, cause y’know, who wouldn’t want to have a cat tail on the end of their smartphone. The MicroLimb was created by Ph.D. student Marc Teyssier and his team across various French universities.
Teyssier released a statement regarding his science project, saying: “In the spirit of human augmentation, which aims at overcoming human body limitations by using robotic devices, our approach aims at overcoming mobile device limitation by using a robotic limb”, he said. As mentioned, there is a frightening and creepy way that the robotic finger moves, leaving the user in an unsettled state, however, people seem to be quite on board with the idea. Who knew being caressed by a robotic limb was so in.
The smartphone attachment can be seen dragging itself across a table towards its owner in order to let you know you have a new message, talk about an eerie sight. Although we can see the “cool” factor in creating such a unique smartphone accessory, we can’t help but scratch our hands at the idea of why anyone would truly want one.
Let us know if you’d be interested in owning the MicroLimb, and then proceed to tell us why exactly, cause we certainly can’t put our (micro) finger on it.