A research team at Gifu University has developed the My Girlfriend in Walk, a robotic hand that the user can hold to replicate the experience of a romantic walk with a partner, Gizmodo reports.
The team of researchers came up with a robotic hand that is made of a soft and pliable gel material.
The fingers detect pressure and squeeze back when gripped tightly. It has a heating mechanism and can sweat through its pores.
Mounted on a sliding rail, the hand moves back and forth along the rail to create that walking sensation.
The accompanying app plays the sounds of someone actually moving beside you, complete with the sounds of footsteps and the rustling of their clothes.
The artificial skin was given the smell of a floral shampoo fragrance.