We are so dependent on our smartphones that it is probably justified to say that they have become an extension of ourselves. The fact that scientists have now developed an artificial “skin” for our devices that makes them tickle is not a big surprise. Terrible maybe, but it was only a matter of time.
Researchers in Bristol, UK, and Paris, France, have developed an artificial skin-like membrane that mimics human skin not only through its appearance but also through its ability to recognize.
Through a layer of subcutaneous tissue, a conductive wire electrode layer, and a textured surface layer, the membrane can receive a variety of gestures and interactions, such as, for example, tissue. As tickling, stroking and pinching, “feel”.
The work explores the interface between man and machine, say the researchers. “Artificial skin has been extensively researched in the field of robotics, but with a focus on safety, detection, and aesthetic goals, this is the first study we have made that realizes that it’s about looking at the skin, artificially artificial as new Input method for augmentation devices, “said Marc Teyssier, lead author of the study.
This means that the end user is able to express emotions through digital communication with the touch. The tickling of the skin, for example, can show a laughing emoji, while a strong grip can cause trouble. And it’s a technology that could soon become the norm. Researchers invite developers who are interested in the interface to contact.
Should the membrane look so realistic? Could not the skin appear in an enchanting color palette or perhaps in an elegant brushed aluminum finish? Maybe it will happen sometime, but for the time being, researchers are considering incorporating hair and temperature properties into the membrane, so it will not be long before the new skin on the phone … that’s what it is.