Researchers from the Bristol Interaction Group has designed a “touch-sensitive” phone case that reportedly looks and feels like human flesh. Before you call it gross or absurd, this human flesh-like phone case actually has features in addition to being a protective cover. Claimed to enhance certain gesture-related capabilities of cellphones, the flesh case responds to commands such as pressing or tickling, as Paper detailed:
The faux-flesh, which claims to add a "personal touch," responds to commands such as pressing, pressure, tickling, stroking, grabbing, and stretching.
But how does that work? The material is created to relate the gestures with certain emotional responses. Stroking is associated with comfort, for instance, while pressure relates with anger. The skin will also help convert the gestures into functions like being able to add a laugh emoji to your text by tickling.
So the question remains, would anyone actually buy it? Luckily customers have some time to ruminate, since there's no mention of the product going on sale yet.
image credit: via Marc Teyssier