A new technology makes it possible for long distance lovers to hold hands. Though not in reality, the device allows you to touch your partner's hand virtually. Scientists have created a wireless technology called Frebble that lets you hold your partners hand with the use of haptic technology which mimics the sensation of someone holding your hand.
The Frebble includes two devices that when connected to each other through the Internet will become sensitive to touch. It is around five inches long and uses a rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery. It is made from plastic with rubberised padded areas so it can be held easily. When one squeezes the device, the other will feel the sensation of the touch. The device has two pressure sensor located in the front of the device and two vibratory motors at the side, which make the sensations more realistic. There is also a replicated squeeze bar that replicates the hands holding.
This innovative idea was conceived by entrepreneur Frederic Petrignani of Amsterdam in The Netherlands, who is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to put the device on production.
The device aims at giving a long-distance relationship the joy and pleasure of being intimate with your loved one. When used while on a Skype call, the experience would be double and more fulfilling. 'For a granddaughter calling grandma with special news, for a husband far away from a wife, for distant grown daughters who crave the comfort of their mother's touch, for a best friend who wants to let her friend know it will all be ok, Frebble connects - as simply, subtly and as powerfully as though the person was right there with you,' the company said.
While there are many ways to see and hear your loved ones, the company explained that there was a lack of a tactile element over the Internet. Frebble is designed to fit your hand and cut through the distance, allowing you to share the joys of the simplest gestures like squeezing of the hand.
Google Chrome version24 or higher and Firefox version 16 and higher will support the gadget. Android and iOS apps for smartphones and tablets will also be available by September. On Kickstarter, the device costs $89 (£52), plus shipping as an 'early bird special'.