Called MobiLimb, this prototype device is sure to knock any competitors out of the top spot for the title of weirdest smartphone accessory. It consists of an average finger-sized attachment that can be plugged into a smartphone and acts much like the real appendage. It can even inch itself across the floor using a beckoning motion.
Human-computer interaction researcher Marc Teyssier, who helped develop the device, told Digital Trends that he was motivated by a desire to bring the sensation of emotion through touch to interactions between people and their smartphones.
“In real-life communication, we use touch to communicate emotions with others,” Teyssier said. “However, current technology doesn’t use touch as an information channel. … Because they’re always in our hands or pockets, smartphones are becoming companions for humans — yet right now they remain a cold and flat technology.”
They even developed a couple different versions, including a furry one and a flesh-like one to make it even more realistic (and creepy). More details can be found in the team’s research paper.