Now you can fi­nally feel the touch in long-dis­tance re­la­tion­ships

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Time Out - ANI

Can phone calls, FaceTime and Skype con­ver­sa­tions sub­sti­tute the phys­i­cal touch of your part­ner in long dis­tance re­la­tion­ship? Good news! Sci­en­tists have de­signed a pair of gloves, where the fin­gers ‘flex’ in one glove and the ac­tions are trans­mit­ted to a re­mote part­ner wear­ing the other.

The glove’s tac­tile sen­sors al­low the wearer to ‘feel’ the move­ments. Study au­thor Car­man Neustaedter from Si­mon Fraser Uni­ver­sity in Canada said, “It’s all about feel­ing con­nected. Users can make in­ti­mate ges­tures such as touch­ing the face, hold­ing hands, and giv­ing a hug,” Neustaedter said.

“The act of bend­ing or flex­ing one’s fin­ger is a gen­tle and sub­tle way to mimic touch,” Neustaedter added.

The sen­sors are also placed strate­gi­cally on the palm side of the fin­gers in or­der to feel the touch bet­ter. A soft-switch on both gloves also al­lows ei­ther part­ner to ini­ti­ate the touch. Other projects also fo­cus on shared ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing a vir­tual re­al­ity video con­fer­enc­ing sys­tem that lets one “see through the eyes” of a re­mote part­ner.

“Long-dis­tance re­la­tion­ships are more com­mon to­day, but dis­tance doesn’t have to mean miss­ing out on hav­ing a phys­i­cal pres­ence and shar­ing space,” says Neustaedter.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.