We are living in a world that body horror extraordinaire director, David Cronenberg can certainly feel very at home in. A phone cover that is made from faux skin is as creepy as it is fascinating and is something that would have fit in very well with Cronenberg’s Videodrome.
The strange interaction device is something being worked on at the Bristol Interaction Group lab out of Bristol. PhD student and team leader, Marc Teyssier is keen on using devices like these due to human skin being the best to gauge for and physical interface.
Human skin is the best interface for emotional interaction. We propose this new paradigm in which interactive devices have their own artificial skin, thus enabling new forms of input gestures for end-users.
In the interaction demo video, you see that it is possible to pinch, poke and even tickle your phone to receive feedback that mirrors said interaction.
The video describes it best, give it watch.
Well, that’s entirely creepy and yea, long live the new flesh. But outside of all that it could have some serious applications in the fields of prosthetic limbs and the like. Also, not gonna lie if this was ever a product that went on sale to the general public, I would buy one. There is nothing easier to creep out friends with than a phone case made of faux flesh that reacts to tickles.
What do you guys think? Ever wanna pinch and tickle your phone? Would you buy one? Let us know in the comments section.