MIT Media Lab is developing a rubber mobile phone that is able to transmit vibrations. The phone transmits the strength of the user’s grip as a vibration to the receiver. MIT claims it will allow users to emphasis their opinion or emotions when making a call by squeezing their handsets.
Tiny pressure sensors and speakers are built into the phone that can record pressure and vibrate. If a user squeezers with a certain finger, the phone transmits a signal so that the receiver will feel a vibration on their equivalent finger.
The lab has coined the phrase ‘vibralanguage’ to express the new communication possibilities of the technology. It believes that this form of communication could become as popular as text messaging.