Whatever a phobia of fingers is called, this is it.

Touched is a project by [Rebecca Strauss] that integrates servos, strings, and felt into a horrifying kinetic sculpture made up of a dozen mechanical fingers straight from a Boschian nightmare.

The fingers are made up of segments of wood articulated with the help of a small string. Each pair of fingers is controlled by a single servo, and the tips of each pair of fingers is controlled by a second servo.

After covering them in felt, [Rebecca] wrapped conductive thread around each of the fingers. When some of the fingers are touched, they all recoil as if controlled by a demon living just under a mountain of felt.

[Rebecca] brought in another kinetic sculpture using her servo controlled fingers; in the video up at the top and after the break, you can see the inner workings of this floor-mounted version. When the IR proximity sensor goes off, the fingers recoil but can be coaxed out again by gently stroking one of the phalanges.


  1. Sci says:

    I hope the mods are on their toes today, because I have a terrible feeling about the comments that’ll follow.

  2. martybugs says:

    Looks kinda phallic to me!

  3. ^ lol says:


  4. illian says:

    I can always be coaxed out with gently stroking one of my phalanges

  5. asdf says:

    I actually bookmarked this because it has so much comment potential.

  6. cb says:

    Dammit Hackaday; so many naughty things come to mind.

  7. Redion says:

    Ohh dear… ;-)
    Bookmarked this one as well :-)

  8. IMan055 says:

    Is it just me or is it a bit… phallic?

    Or did I just fail some sort of secret Freud test?

  9. Justin says:


    How did I NOT see this while I was there!?

    “If you pet it… just right… it will come out.”

    -phallic array slowly rises-

    “It’s the same for the one that controls the tip”

  10. jensma says:


  11. melthacks says:

    That is creepily brilliant!

  12. limpkin says:

    commenting for the follow potential

  13. soopergooman says:

    aliens ___ tenticles

  14. soopergooman says:

    can’t believe she’s never seen hack a day.

  15. Scott says:

    I like the sudden recoil. It made the other person jump when she did it.

  16. Chris Muncy says:

    Oh my goodness…….
    /me grabs the popcorn and awaits the comments….

  17. drkness01 says:

    Ive seen enough hentai to know where this is going.

    Seriously though, this is an awesome build.

  18. Robbie says:

    Live-action tentacle movies. That is all.

  19. Hashiriya says:

    There must be something wrong with me. The first thing I thought of was sea anemones.

  20. Chris Muncy says:

    We ( as in readership) need to be allowed to add tags to any HaD article…..

  21. Tim says:

    I know a few Japanese men that wept in excitement….

  22. supershwa says:

    …a phobia of fingers is phallically faux pas…

  23. Simbo says:

    Also bookmarked…

    Let the comment machine begin!!

  24. ftorama says:

    I can do the same things….without any electronic components

  25. ElodboB says:

    How very Tentacle High.

  26. RandyKC says:

    She seems very nice. Let’s call them tentacles. Lots of applications for that animation technique.

  27. MrX says:

    she sure likes tentacles..

  28. Tom the Brat says:

    Creeps me out!

    I didn’t know I had any phobias till just now.

  29. roid says:

    I see ‘large’ market potential but not in the expected/projected prosthetic hand/finger segment.

  30. Eirinn says:

    Tentacle Grape Juice comes to mind :)

  31. aztraph says:

    I wonder if shes a fan of h.p. lovecraft?

    either way it’s almost NSFW

  32. Simon says:

    they call em fingers…but I aint never seen ‘em fing

  33. DerAxeman says:

    How this isn’t on Fark yet I will never know. LMAO

  34. DerAxeman says:

    And the Japanese Oscar for special effects goes to …..

  35. Mmarrero says:

    I wonder if she’s single… Anyway, it somewhat reminds me of the Day of the Tentacle intro, a classic PC game, “I feel like I could… TAKE ON THE WORLD!!!”

    It also reminds me of typical evil monsters in “h” anime, or, the typical bikini-snatching octopus in regular anime.

  36. rasz says:

    I think Iv seen some of her “kinetic sculptures’ on few more adult oriented websites.

  37. Smeeg says:

    Brian Benchoff you owe me a new cup of coffee and a keyboard.
    Not sure if Ms. Strauss needs to watch less tentacle anime, or more.

  38. really? says:

    …dactylophobia i guess? :D
    that one or peosphobia either

  39. Krazed says:

    I wonder what kind of boutiques she will be selling her sculpture through?

  40. zgeraldo says:

    This is porn :-)
    … just upload the right firmware :-)

  41. bootdsc says:

    I bet she likes horses.

  42. Robot says:

    “. . . straight from a Boschian nightmare.”

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’ve read American Gods too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hieronymus_Bosch

    – Robot

  43. SavannahLion says:

    if only I wasn’t married……

  44. FrankenPC says:

    I don’t buy it…

    Cthulhu is afraid of nothing.

  45. MorbiousStone says:

    AI falice? funny how she grabs it& it runs away ROTFL

  46. dALE says:

  47. jedahan says:

    Really amazing build, very fluid motion.
    Also, <3 showing exactly how it works under the hood.

    • DaveO says:

      Thanks jedahan – finally some mature feedback. Shame on the rest of you! You must be the only one who can’t see they really do look like a bunch of giant cocks.

  48. really says:

    I had to stop the video after she said:
    “Can you grab me the one that moves manually?”.

  49. Donov4n says:

    To say it with Holden Caulfields words: “She just killed me.”

  50. Solenoid says:

    First thing that came to my mind as soon as I saw the project was: TENTACLES!

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