THIS MO­BILE PHONE GIVES YOU THE FIN­GER

Cape Times - - WORLD -

PARIS: A French re­searcher has in­vented a ro­bot fin­ger that at­taches to your cell­phone. It can wrig­gle across your desk. It can stroke your hand. And guess what? It’s creepy. No, re­ally, watch the video. Creepy, see? He wants to know why.

“My PhD sub­ject is around touch in com­mu­ni­ca­tions,” said Marc Teyssier, a re­searcher at Tele­com Paris­tech en­gi­neer­ing school. “When we talk with peo­ple we touch each other to com­mu­ni­cate emo­tions. But for mo­bile de­vices and in­ter­ac­tion in gen­eral in com­put­ers, we don’t use touch at all.”

So he de­signed the Mo­biLimb ro­botic fin­ger, which plugs into a cell­phone and looks like a real fin­ger. It can drag the phone across the ta­ble. You can ac­ti­vate it and op­er­ate it re­motely.

| Reuters

A RO­BOT fin­ger that at­taches to a mo­bile phone.

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