Partners Can Send Their Lovers’ Hugs By Squeezing Their Cellphones
A new cellphone lets you hug a loved by sending strong vibrations between smartphones.
Physical intimacy is certainly not as convenient as it used to be. Long distance relationships have challenged traditional displays of affection, and let’s face it, the things we can’t keep our hands off of these days are our cellphones and computers — neither of which are emotionally warm. So, researchers at the Helsinki Institute of Information Technology and Nokia Research have combined the best of both with “Pressages.”
The technology allows cellphone users to squeeze a ForcePhone, sending a vibration to another person. There are four levels of pressure that can be sent through the force-sensitive resistor on the side of the phone, conveying different intensities of emotion (a Level 4 vibration borders between love and hate).