This project of [Nathan]’s certainly has a playful straightforwardness about it. His Skype ‘Kiss’ Interface has a simple job: to try to create a more intuitive way to express affection within the limits of using Skype. It all came about from a long distance relationship for which the chat program was the main means of communicating. Seeking a more intuitive and personal means of expressing some basic affection, [Nathan] created a capacitive touch sensor that, when touched with the lips, sends the key combination for either a kissy face emoji or the red lips emoji, depending on the duration.
Capacitive touch sensing allows for triggering the sensor without actually physically touching one’s lips to the electrodes, which [Nathan] did by putting a clear plastic layer over the PCB traces. His board uses an STM32 microcontroller with software handling the USB HID and STM’s TSC (Touch Sensing Controller) functionality. As a result, the board has few components and a simple interface, which was in keeping with the goal of rejecting feature creep and focusing on a simple task.
Clearly the unit works; but how well does it actually fulfill its intended purpose? We don’t know that yet, but we do know that [Nathan] seems to have everything he needs in order to find out. Either way, it’s a fun project that definitely fits the spirit of the Human-Computer Interface Challenge of The Hackaday Prize.
14 thoughts on “Send Smooches Over Skype With The Kiss Interface”
Oh. Why did you have to make me watch that?
Neat project but if it becomes popular you know people will be putting their butts on their screens.
–firmware upgrade 1.01–
HV dc-dc activated by hydrogen sulfide sensor
Maybe HV DC-AC? Don’t need it to cook flesh, just to give a shock
“You have no idea what I’m kissing you with”
I didn’t know I needed this… and after seeing it, that situation hasn’t changed.
After cat videos, this has to rank pretty highly for biggest wastes of time relating to all things interweb.
It’s already been done!
Cool project, but he wouldn’t be my first choice for a kiss. also the sensor doesn’t detect the tickle of a beard, so my wife isn’t going to approve.
Obviously the first generation of Touch-Kiss from the book Qualityland!
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