Tinder, for those of you who are unfamiliar, is a dating app. Users swipe to the right if they like a person’s profile, and swipe to the left if they don’t. They can only chat with people once both parties have mutually “liked” each other’s profile, which in a way cuts down on the noise and flood of messages from people you might not be interested in.
That being said could there be a better way to use Tinder? Turns out there might be, thanks to NYU grad student Nicole He who created the True Love Tinder Robot. The project was part of He’s Intro to Physical Computing and Intro to Computational Media courses and it features a robot hand, a text-to-speech module, a galvanic skin-response sensor, and a speaker just to name some of its components.
How it works is simple. The user places his or her hand on the skin-response sensor and judging by the electrical conductance (basically how sweaty your palms are), the robot will determine if you like a profile enough to swipe to the right, or swipe to the left. So if your palms start to sweat at a particular profile, it is assumed that you have some interest, and if your palms are dry then the robot knows that it should move on.
Do sweaty palms accurately depict attraction? We suppose it might on some level, but at the same time some people do sweat more than others. Either way it is an interesting experiment and for more information, hit up He’s website for the details.