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December 14, 2015

The True Love Tinder Robot swipes based on your sweaty palms

by John_A

We’re not always honest with ourselves, especially when it comes to love — and this is where the True Love Tinder Robot can lend a hand. It promises to read (and swipe) your true feelings via the electrical conductance, or uncontrollable sweatiness, of your palms. Think of it as a modern spin on the classic love-tester machine. If your body is interested in someone’s picture on Tinder, this robot will know it and swipe right for you. If your palms stay relatively dry, the robot hand swipes left. It also provides basic, running commentary on your decisions.

NYU grad student Nicole He created the True Love Tinder Robot as her final project in the Intro to Physical Computing and Intro to Computational Media courses. She crafted it out of an Arduino, servos, a text-to-speech module, LEDs, a few sheets of metal for the galvanic-skin-response sensor, a box and a speaker. She describes the inspiration behind her project as follows:

“In a time when it’s very normal for couples to meet online, we trust that algorithms on dating sites can find us suitable partners. Simultaneously, we use consumer biometric devices to tell us what’s going on with our bodies and what we should do to be healthy and happy. Maybe it’s not a stretch to consider what happens when we combine these things.”

Source: Nicole He

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