Text messages, video calls, social medias we meet every day through smartphones have changed the way of sharing the moment. However, interaction through a 2D touchscreen does not yet fully reflect our emotions and tactile information, such as the warm and fuzzy feeling of love. ❤
The goal of this project is to develop a soft robotic smartphone case as an interactive interface that extends the human interaction to 3D space beyond the screen. The whole body is made of soft and squishy material (silicone). It expresses various emotions with moving arms actuated by shape-memory alloy, eyes on the touchscreen that can keep trying to eye contact with you, and its cheek color.
The final goal of this research with Emot is to have application both to consumers and to education and rehabilitation of children with autism.
All of the source code is open-sourced in Github.
Emot is built in a low-cost ($98)
and all of the materials and cost are listed on the link below.