To say that technology has changed how people communicate is an understatement. Where people used to send telegrams and letters, we now send emails, instant messages, or SMS. Where people used to pick up the phone and talk to each other, we now use video chat and video conferencing where we get to see and interact with the people we’re talking to.
Taking things one step further are the folks behind Frebble, which look like modified joysticks that you’re supposed to grab with one hand as you would, well, a joystick. It let’s people “hold hands” even though they’re far away by communicating these sensations to the other party.
For example, when one person squeezes their Frebble, it sends the squeeze along to the other person’s Frebble. While they won’t exactly feel like a person’s hand, they do add a bit more to remote conversations.
Frebble is currently up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $99 will get you one pair.
VIA [ C|NET ]