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  • So, the last time I spoke about

  • giving a single user a feeling

  • for digital contents in the mobile phone.

  • Today, I would like to speak about

  • giving two users a feeling

  • for each other through mobile phones.

  • Today's question is,

  • "How can we make telecommunication more emotional?"

  • And why do we want to do that?

  • Well, because there are two main reasons for telecommunication.

  • And the one reason is information exchange.

  • And for that, speech is really good.

  • The other major reason for telecommunication is

  • because we want to be in touch,

  • because the other person is not there.

  • And that's an emotional need,

  • and not so much of a rational need.

  • So how do we communicate emotionally in mobile phones?

  • Well, we can put a text message on a mobile phone,

  • put a smiley in there or we can blow a kiss over a video call.

  • But when you think about being in touch

  • maybe text, video and speech are not all we can do.

  • Maybe we can enable people to be in touch

  • physically, really, through mobile phones.

  • So today I brought three prototypes that I would like to show you,

  • that were built to explore that field.

  • The first prototype is about the hand.

  • Imagine a mobile phone that lets you feel the other person's hand

  • holding your hand while speaking on the phone.

  • Let me show you the mobile phone that communicates pressure.

  • It's very simple.

  • It just communicates the pressure right to the back of your hand.

  • (Laughter)

  • I'm using a motor inside, and then we just pull that towards the hand.

  • And that's a crazy idea.

  • Speaking of crazy ideas, what about moisture? Or liquids?

  • (Laughter)

  • I can imagine a lot of people I don't want

  • any moisture or liquids, telecommunication with at all.

  • But there are some really interesting exceptions.

  • If you think about crying or kissing,

  • can we put that into mobile phone?

  • Well, we tried it.

  • And it looks like this.

  • That's a mobile phone that communicates moisture.

  • Mwuah.

  • (Laughter)

  • If you want to give a kiss to the other person

  • it goes through.

  • So, the technology behind that is a sponge, a wet sponge.

  • We push it against the membrane.

  • Here you see it.

  • Mmwuah.

  • (Laughter)

  • Very intense, huh?

  • Very intimate.

  • The third thing I would like to show you is more subtle.

  • If you think about sighing or whispering

  • and somebody is talking really close to you,

  • you can feel that air really sensitive, here at the neck.

  • And you can feel that air through the phone.

  • That would probably look something like this:

  • it's a mobile phone that communicates through air.

  • (Blows air)

  • It's surprising, you need only very little air

  • because we're so sensitive --

  • (Blows air) Whoah.

  • (Laughter)

  • -- to that.

  • So, I'll get you see it right.

  • Okay.

  • So these are prototypes, they're experiments,

  • they are ideas, and we got them in the office.

  • It's a lot of fun to play with them of course.

  • And what they do is they help us to experience a future vision

  • of what telecommunication could be like in the future.

  • We make that experience of it today.

  • We have to built them actually physically

  • to experience that future vision.

  • And what they do -- in playing with that you get

  • the question that arises.

  • Do we want that?

  • What kind of telecommunication do we want in the future?

  • How much nearness do we want?

  • So the topic is being in touch.

  • And maybe the next time your beloved one thinks of you

  • they will not just put in text message.

  • They might just send you a kiss.

  • Mwuah.

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

So, the last time I spoke about

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【TEDx】TEDxBerlin 11/15/10 - Fabian Hemmert - How can we make mobile communication more emotional

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