The phone case will sense emotions. So if you're holding your phone tightly, that's anger, and if you tickle it, needless to say, that's laughter.
Technological advances and breakthroughs happen on a daily basis and the world is introduced to something new regularly. Well, now that Halloween is right around the corner, there's a new "invention" that's partly creepy and awesome.
You can actually get a phone case for your phone that looks eerily similar to "human flesh." It would be a great idea to take your phone along for trick or treat, and just dress up as Hannibal Lecter.
Before you freak out, the case is NOT made with real skin, but it reacts the same way when it's pinched and caressed. I mean, gone are the days when we'd protect our phones with a hard case, it's now time to protect them with our 'flesh and skin'.
Ever feel like your smartphone is becoming an extension of yourself? This newly developed phone case breaks down even more barriers between you and your phone with a life-like “skin” which alleged responds to human contact such as pinching and tickling.https://t.co/zLmtI3P555— FOX 2 Detroit (@FOX2News) October 20, 2019
"Why skin on mobile devices?" its developer Marc Teyssier, a Ph.D. student in human-computer interaction, wrote on Instagram. "It questions the relationship we have with our devices and is also a good opportunity to improve emotional communication and enable expressive interaction with user interfaces," according to VT.
He also said why people think it's creepy and that he understands, according to BBC.
These artificial skin phone cases got a big 'nope' from our anchors. What do you think? pic.twitter.com/zzoNruMNsw— Early Today (@NBC_EarlyToday) October 23, 2019
"I do think it's creepy - I get it," he said. "We are not used to human touch on objects. This project has made people reflect on what technology is and why this is creepy."
Basically, it means the phone case will know when you're holding it, something the researchers demonstrated through emojis. So if you're holding your phone tightly, that's anger, and if you tickle it, needless to say, that's laughter.
If you're one of those people who like this and want to use this as a laptop case, then that's possible, too. While the skin might appear to be tricky at first, the creators hope that it will serve a more serious purpose, enabling us to communicate more genuine emotions while we use our smartphones.
As expected, people had a mixed reaction to it and they shared it on social media. Carolyn Doty White wrote: Some people have WAY too much time on their hands.
Lucas Cooke posted: It looks like it's been dead a while with Gray/blue tone to it. No tar looks like it was ready for chapel of rest a few hours ago can't see many been sold. Ashley Shettle added: Can I put the lotion on the skin? That's the only way I'm buying one!
Michelle Muckenthaler wrote: Just because we can, doesn't mean we should. Kraig Mitchell shared: Reacts like human flesh when pinched and caressed... Great now my phones going to slap me.