Yes, that's a robotic finger attached to a phone. And if you think it's creepy, you are not alone. It can move across the desk, it can touch your hand, why? Here is the French PhD student behind it. So my PD topic is around touch for communication. So my starting point was how can we bring touch in human computer interfaces?
What is the link we have between the technology like why humans want separated interaction with humans, and with technologies and smart mobile devices. Because we communicate with humans through touch. We use finger, we use motion but when we put that in a mobile device, everybody thinks it's crazy and creepy.
>> Mark Tessie calls it the mobile limb. It can get its commands form someone on the other side of the phone, need a hug, your friend will tell it to gently nudge you. Tessie says the reaction tells us something about who we are as humans. And maybe with refinement, we can get more of a connection to the machines around us.
After all he says, you might not throw a device in the trash after two years, if you have that personal touch.