The fake skin protection that makes your phone TICKLISH: Scientists create cases that react like flesh when pinched and caressed
- Scientists develop a prototype of artificial skin that can wrap around smartphones
- Experts say using artificial skin can do the devices become more human-like
- The interface has even been designed to look and also to mimic human skin
Smartphones could be wrapped in artificial skin to give them a more natural feel, according to researchers.
Scientists have developed a prototype skin that they say can wrap around devices like smartphones and make them
The prototype, which has been designed to look and mimic human skin, responds to various forms of human contact, e.g. , caress and squeeze.
Scroll down for video
The artificial skin was created with two layers of silicone – called "dermis" and "hypodermis" layer – with an electrode layer in the middle consisting of ultra-thin wires that act as sensors
Skin-On interface can be connected to mobile phones, portable devices and portable touch panels.
The technology was developed by researchers at the University of Bristol in collaboration with Telecomm ParisTech and Sorbonne University in Paris.  The team says that their work opens the door to a possible future with "anthropomorphic devices" – where gizmos have human characteristics.
Dr. Anne Roudaut, Associate Professor at the University of Bristol, told the PA News Agency: "It [the artificial skin] may look unconventional probably because we are used to our meaningless and rigid envelopes, but we believe there are strong advantages of using more malleable techniques.
The prototype, designed to look and mimic human skin, responds to different forms of human contact such as tickling, caressing and squeezing
"And the skin's familiarity gives a more natural end-user interface. & # 39;
The artificial skin was created with two layers of silicone – called "dermis" and "hypodermis" layers – with an electrode layer in the middle consisting of ultra-thin wire s that act as sensors.
Two different types of silicone were dipped in pigments and shaped to give the creation a skin-like structure.
The researchers said that their artificial skin allows devices to "feel the user s grasp "and have the ability" to detect interactions such as tickling, caressing, even twisting and squeezing. "
One of the things the researchers said they could show was" tactile emotions "using emojis.
Marc Teyssier, a PhD student at Telecomm ParisTech and author of major studies, said: "A strong grip conveys anger while tickling the skin showing a laughing emoji and tapping creates a surprised emoji."
He told PA: "This skin has a subtle surface structure – the sensing is done in the dermis and the hypodermic layer (the fat layer) and the elasticity is what allows us to perform expressive gestures as a squeeze."
states that their work opens the door to a possible future with "anthropomorphic entities" – where gizmos have human characteristics
The team believes that their work, presented at the 32nd ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium in the United States, could allow people to have a richer emotional experience when using mobile phones or smartwatches.
Mr Teyssier added: "When we talk with some face-to-face, we sometimes use touch to convey emotion and more generally enrich the discourse.
"Now that mediated communication is performed through the devices, we lost this communication modality.
" With this project we tried to combine the best of the two.
"The prototypes we developed suggest a possible future with anthropomorphic units."
Dr. Roudaut added: "We have seen many works try to strengthen human with parts of machines, here we look the other way and try to make the units we uses more everyday like us, ie human-like. & # 39;