Photo credit: Marc Teyssier
MobiLimb, developed by Marc Teyssier, a PhD student at the University of Paris-Saclay in France, is basically a smartphone accessory that adds a robotic finger to your device when it's plugged into a USB port. You can use it as a phone stand, or just for some extra grip to hold secure a phone or even act out emojis. Currently, you can select from a model made from Plastil Gel-10 black silicon material or one covered in a 'finger-like skin with a high degree of realism'. Gamers could use it as a controller or joystick of sorts to manipulate virtual objects. Continue reading for the full video demonstration and more information.
"The robotic finger is fitted with a number of actuators and sensors that power its haptic feedback capabilities. They propose using the robotic finger as a way to animate your smartphone, allowing it to drag your smartphone across a surface, crawling toward your hand. In other cases, the finger will move up and down when a user receives a notification," according to The Daily Mail.