In an age of exhaustive dating apps, a graduate student at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program has possibly found the answer to everyone's dating woes using a robot she created — one that can measure a user's desire for a given match by how sweaty their hands are.
Named the "True Love Tinder Robot," the mechanical matchmaker was developed by NYU grad student Nicole He, who doesn't use Tinder herself and came up with the idea while she was sleeping and immediately wrote down the idea. The bot is comprised of an Arduino mini-computer, servos to control a Tinder-swiping synthetic hand, LED lights, a text-to-speech module and two sheets of galvanized metal used as a response sensor. The boxed base contains the bot's major hardwiring and speakers. He also posted the coding for the Tinderbot yente on GitHub.
To pick your perfect mate, a user places their hands on the device's sensors, and the robot uses sensors to measure desire via body reaction — for instance, how sweaty your hands are, which it deduces from electrical conductivity. The sweatier the hands, the more electricity they can conduct, and the more likely it is that the user is attracted to the match. Based on body response, the prosthetic hand then swipes left or right on the app.
He also cited influences from multiple fields as the inspiration for the True Love Tinder Robot, which range from "art to code to circuitry."
So, how scientific is the bot's process? "Definitely, absolutely, 100% no doubt," He wrote on her blog.
Check out the Tinderbot matchmaker in action in the video clip below.
Via: The Verge