Frebble – I wanna hold your hand
When you haven’t seen your family in a long time, giving them a big hug and holding hands is normally the first actions you’ll do when you see them next. The time in between those meetings can be hard. Human contact is important for us, especially when it’s with those we care about the most.
If you can only see your family once or twice a year, there’s a good chance you talk through a video chat service online. While you can’t physically touch them, it is a closer connection than a phone call. If you would like to experience the feeling of holding hands while talking, then the Frebble is here for you. This is a wireless accessory that will let you hold hands with anyone in the world. It fits into your hand in the same way a human hand would, and whenever you squeeze, it will apply pressure to the back of your hand (feeling like someone is holding onto your hand).
There are “2 pressure sensors at the front to register squeezing, 2 vibration motors on the side to enhance the haptic experience, 1 squeeze bar integrated in hand enclosure to replicate holding hands, a multicolor LED to indicate connection and communication status, Bluetooth Low Energy (4.0) communication and a rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery”. Currently, this works with Chrome version 24 or higher, and Mozilla version 16 or higher. While this is a Kickstarter campaign, it will work with iOS and Android as well by the time it would ship. You’ll need to recharge this via USB, and it should last for 4 hours of use or more on standby. You’ll be looking at $89-99 for a pair of these, but keep in mind you’ll have to ship one of them to the other person. It may add a special touch to Skype calls and Google hangouts, it’s still plastic and will never be as good as the real thing.
Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter