Phones have been restricted to those sensory modalities
that convey the most information: hearing and sight.
Yet to literally feel someone is the prospect
to transmit information rather subtly and marginally
but to convey emotion very directly –
through the feeling of touch or even a kind of presence.
Many devices have been conceived of or even built
to do this but they all were special apparatuses
that – even if they were mobile – were taking
up precious space in people's pockets.

Modern mobile phones already come with both motion sensors
and vibrotactile actuators – and they are always with us.
We therefore propose a direct coupling of the acceleration
sensors of one device with the vibration motor of another
Two people can thereby feel each other's
movements and tune into the activities of the
other at any time, using nothing more than their
mobile phones.


image by Alexis O'Toole

image by Holm Engelbrecht