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Creepy robot finger attachment drags your smartphone around, caresses wrists

By midian182 · 10 replies
Oct 8, 2018
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  1. The MobiLimb is the work of human-computer interaction researcher Marc Teyssier and his colleagues from Paris-Saclay University and Sorbonne University in France. The device clips into a smartphone via the USB port, and is powered by an Arduino microcontroller and five servo motors within its 3D-printed shell.

    “In the spirit of human augmentation, which aims at overcoming human body limitations by using robotic devices, our approach aims at overcoming mobile device limitations (static, passive, motionless) by using a robotic limb,” writes Teyssier.

    In the video, we see how the robotic digit can drag the phone along the floor like some kind of horror movie in which a handset becomes sentient and starts (slowly) stalking its owner. In reality, those of us who are too lazy to walk across a room to retrieve our phones may appreciate this function.

    The MobiLimb is also able to stroke the user’s wrist as a response to a positive emoji sent by someone, and you can even use a rubber skin that makes it look like a human finger, which is where people might start finding other uses for the MobiLimb—remote prostate exams, perhaps?

    Additionally, the finger can double as a joystick, a grip, and a stand. And it can be programmed to tap on a surface or shake whenever you get a notification, which may negatively affect your mental state faster than seeing a phone dragging itself along the floor. The MobiLimb can also draw, act as a torch, and perform many other tasks, but the highlight could be the furry sheath that turns it into a digital cat—perfect for feline fans who hate emptying litter trays and the smell of cat food.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,298   +2,762

    This is by far the creepiest phone gadget I've seen. And it looks like a d##k.

    From the authors of....


    And the umbilical cord phone charger...

    Last edited: Oct 8, 2018
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  3. @VitalyT you have outdone yourself!
    I'm speechless!
  4. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,111   +1,532

    The initial examples where definitely on the creepy side lol. As it went on there are a lot of practical uses too and I am kind of interested in it.
  5. Reachable

    Reachable TS Evangelist Posts: 363   +173

    Those people have quite an imagination. Chas Addams would approve.
  6. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 808   +423

    Wait. A finger that is also a torch. Where have I seen that before?
  7. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid TS Booster Posts: 193   +49

    So many thoughts. Way too many filters in my brain that block me from typing them out. :)
  8. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 8,707   +569

  9. dogofwars

    dogofwars TS Addict Posts: 161   +63

    Ok Doc what do I have to do again with that thing to complete my annual prostate exam? ;)
  10. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 549   +239

    It can also raise when you receive middle-fingers from the Internet when you are being not so popular.
  11. cuerdc

    cuerdc TS Booster Posts: 174   +41

    Used in conjunction with vibrate maybe a big market...

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