You heard it right...
The latest product to catch everyone's attention is a phone case that attempts to replicate the look and feel of human skin.
Now, you might be thinking why on earth would you want your phone case to look and feel like skin...
Well, you're not the only one.
Since the product was announced it has caused nothing but controversy.
The skin phone case creator (never something I thought I'd be saying,) Marc Teyssier has been getting a lot of abuse on Twitter since he launched his new product.
I guess some people feel this new technology represents a future we really don't want.
Let's see what all the fuss is about...
“I wanted to pinch my phone"
via: Marc TeyssierWhen asked by New Scientist why he decided to design such an unusual phone case, creator Marc Teyssier said: "I wanted to pinch my phone."
The flesh-like phone cover is hypersensitive.
via: Marc TeyssierThe technology works on a process of "flesh on flesh," with the cover responding to the human touch.
The idea of tickling your phone is just strange.
via: Marc TeyssierIf Teyssier wanted to convince people that his skin-like cover wasn't weird, boasting about it's tickling capabilities in the promo vid probably didn't help.
via: TwitterMarc Teyssier is a PhD student in Human-Computer Interaction at Telecom Paris. Telecom Paris one of the leading higher education institutions for research and engineering. Considering the nature of Marc's field of study the fact that he created the product he did should come as no surprise. I mean "human," "computer," "interaction,"... sounds like a skin phone case to me.
It just looks wrong, doesn't it?
via: Marc TeyssierThe idea of electronics and human conjoining in this way is far too much into the uncanny valley for me.
Some people are into it...
@IAmDylanLewis I really want a human skin phonecase.— Stephen Guy-Bray (@Stephen Guy-Bray)1571583822.0
It's the future of this product that's worrying...
Previously Teyssier designed a finger robot.
MobiLimb: Augmenting Mobile Devices with a Robotic Limb #UIST2018 @ACMUIST https://t.co/vm0fqHe2ga— HCI Research (@HCI Research)1538308062.0
The skin phone case offers an "opportunity to improve emotional communication and enable expressive interaction with user interfaces."
via: Marc TeyssierYou can see why people have considered that this product might be popular amongst a fetishistic corner of society.
It has certainly attracted a niche market.
I want that skin phone case but only if I can have an app to make it have a pulse— SRUTIS (@SRUTIS)1571521936.0
What's wrong with people?The idea that we want to replicate human touch with our phone cases is pretty worrying. I mean, didn't we learn anything from Spike Jonze's 2013 science-fiction romance, Her?
Smartphones do not need to be more personable.What is it with humans trying to make everything around us more human-like? First, we were dressing up dogs, then we were putting little wooly hats on innocent smoothie bottles, and now we're trying to give our phones skin. It's madness, I'm telling you!
Is this really the future we're moving towards?Will people be going on their phones to go on dating apps, to match with other phones, because they've broken up with their phone and want to make it jealous by dating another? I feel sick.
Take me back to the 1800s...
Cockroach milk as a superfood, skin-like phone case,...the future doesn't look very appealing at the moment.— Me (@Me)1571582598.0
Comedian Chris O'Dowd agrees with me.
BUT I DONT WANT A HUMAN SKIN FUCKING PHONE CASE— chris o'dowd (@chris o'dowd)1571709740.0
Technology is wasted on us.
@SamSykesSwears Scientists - Discovers way to make fake skin that could one day be used for advanced medical treatm… https://t.co/hLEylTayRa— JC_MikeB (@JC_MikeB)1571506584.0
Just like Frankenstein... Marc Teyssier might have created a monster.
Weirdest take on the flesh phone case I’ve seen so far is someone who commented “it’s not even real skin”— M. K. Lobb ⚔️ (@M. K. Lobb ⚔️)1571585326.0
You and me both, Rory...You and me both.
Marc didn't realize he would receive such backlash.
Please no https://t.co/ANTIRXiTep— Marc Teyssier (@Marc Teyssier)1571685898.0
It seems that Marc and his buddies don't get people's issues with it.
@marcteyssier 🤔 https://t.co/wcqEcTsprR— Simon BERTRAND (@Simon BERTRAND)1571745277.0
Watch the explanatory video here:
Why skin on mobile devices? It question the relation we have with our devices, and is also good opportunity to impr… https://t.co/7tBVV9Ncsb— Marc Teyssier (@Marc Teyssier)1571393729.0