Your mobile phone is about to get the finger!

PARIS (Reuters) – A French researcher has invented a robot finger that attaches to your mobile phone. So my starting point was: how can we bring touch in human-computer interfaces?”So he designed, built and patented the MobiLimb robotic finger, which plugs into a mobile phone and looks very much like a real finger. But when we put that on a mobile device, everybody thinks it’s crazy and creepy.”The creepy phone finger tells us something about who we are, and what we expect from a world where your phone listens and responds to your commands like a person, but still doesn’t have a moving body, Teyssier said. For now, he thinks, the robot finger is both too human, and not quite human enough. But for mobile devices and interaction in general in computers, we don’t use touch at all.

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