London: Ever imagined yourself sharing a kiss with your own phone? Well, now with the development of a series of phone prototypes, that could be a possibility.
Fabian Hemmert, a design researcher at the Berlin University of the Arts, Germany, came up with the phone prototypes that can transmit grasping, breathing and even kissing.
“Mobile phones use so little of our sensory abilities. They are great for information exchange - text, video, and speech - but they provide no feeling of nearness,” New Scientist quoted him as saying.
The grasping prototype includes force sensors on the phone’s sides and a strap, which the user places over their hand, so that when one person grips their phone it sends a signal to a motor in the other phone that pulls the strap tighter.
The breathing prototype similarly transmits air movement, with a pressure sensor on one side and a jet on the other.
Perhaps the most extreme prototype is the kissing phone, which consists of a moisture sensor on the sender’s phone and a motorised wet sponge that pushes against a semi-permeable membrane on the receiver’s phone.
The extent to which the sponge moves depends on the wetness of the sender’s kiss, letting you distinguish between a peck on the cheek and full-on slobber.
“It starts the discussion about how we actually want to communicate in the future,” he added.
First Published: Saturday, September 10, 2011, 20:59