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Facebook tech could let you feel emails on your arm

May 08, 2018, 8:39 AM EDT
(Source: Rob Sinclair/flickr)
(Source: Rob Sinclair/flickr)

Facebook’s skunkworks division has developed a wearable device that lets users feel incoming emails or smartphone messages directly onto their skin, just like real-life pokes.

The device is equipped with actuators, which when triggered, produce distinct vibrations corresponding to certain sounds, conveying words via a new form of human-machine interaction, writes MIT Technology Review.

The device design is still clumsy and training the users on how to make sense of the vibrations is time-consuming, so it may take a while before the technology hits the markets in a smartwatch version.  

 

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