Artificial Skin-like Interface that Tickles

We rely on smartphones so much that it is probably fair to say that they become a part of ourselves. To make it more interesting, researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. and France’s Telecomm ParisTech and Sorbonne have developed an Artificial Skin-like Interface that Tickles.

This can be used to augmented devices such as phones, wearables, and computers. It has the ability to make them ticklish. It not only mimics human skin in appearance but also in sensing resolution.

The Artificial Skin-On interface is basically based on a silicone membrane that emulates the layers in human skin. It includes a surface textured layer, a conductive electrode layer, and a hypodermis layer.

Artificial Skin Creates First Ticklish Devices

Team Members

This Skin-like Interface, that Tickles, is a research project made by the following members-

1. Marc Teyssier

2. Gilles Bailly

3. Catherine Pelachaud

4. Eric Lecolinet

5. Andrew Conn

6. Anne Roudaut

What is the Skin-On Interface?

These Skin-On Interfaces are sensitive skin-like input methods than can be added to devices that we have to increase their capabilities even more.
We use our skin as an interface to interact with others. However, objects such as the smartphone have a cold interface that doesn’t allow natural interaction and input.
In this project, a perfect human interface is created for existing devices.

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Quotes of Some Team Members

Marc Teyssier, the lead author behind everything said

1. Artificial skin has been widely studied in the field of Robotics but with a focus on safety, sensing or cosmetic aims.

2. This is the research that we are aware of that looks at exploiting realistic artificial skin as a new input method for augmenting devices.

3. We implemented a messaging application in the smartphones where users can express rich tactile emotions on the artificial skin.

4. The intensity of the touch controls the size of the emojis. A strong grip conveys anger. Tickling the skin displays a laughing emoji and tapping creates a surprised emoji.


Dr. Anne Roudaut, the Associate Professor in Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Bristol, who supervised this research said –

1. This is the first time we have the opportunity to add skin to our interactive devices.

2. The idea is perhaps a bit surprising, but the skin is an interface we are highly familiar with so why not use it and its richness with the devices we use every day?.

3. This work explores the intersection between man and machine.

Some AI Skin-On Interface Images

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Researchers created a phone case, computer touchpad, and smartwatch to demonstrate how touch gestures on the Skin-On like interface can convey expressive messages for computer communication with humans or virtual characters. This means that the user is able to use touch to express his emotions through digital communication.

Now the question is that Does the membrane needs to be so realistic-looking, though? May in the future it will eventually. But right now the scientists are looking at embedding hair and temperature features in the membrane.

For More Information about the Skin-On Interface, you can refer to the Official Website.

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