This uncanny robot finger for your smartphone will give you nightmares | Tech Top
No? Us neither.
Well, if you ever change your mind, the MobiLimb is here to cater for your every nightmarish need. Designed by human-computer interaction researcher Marc Teyssier, the MobiLimb is a robotic finger-like limb that attaches to your smartphone, allowing it to move unaided, give you haptic feedback, and act as a joystick or stand.
Teyssier has released a video demonstrating the capabilities of the MobiLimb, and it’s creepy to say the least. It starts by illustrating how the bionic finger can drag your smartphone across a surface of its own accord and softly (this somehow makes it worse) stroke the user’s inner wrist in response to a positive emoji received via text message.
Finger on the pulse
If you’re not content with the black robotic look, you can also get two custom skins: one in faux-fur to simulate a wagging tail, and a rubbery one that makes the MobiLimb look like an actual dismembered human finger. So far, so creepy.
The MobiLimb can also be used as a joystick for gaming on your smartphone, as well as a stand, meaning you can use to it prop your phone up while watching shows and movies. When you get notifications, the finger-like appendage can also be programmed to tap on a surface or shake.
We’re not entirely sure why the MobiLimb exists, but it does – and we all just have to make our peace with that now.
Via Science Alert