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This robotic hand will swipe left or right on Tinder for you

The True Love Tinder Robot will “find you love, guaranteed.”

Are you an active user of popular social media dating apps? Have you made some poor decisions lately? Well, fear no more. Nicole He, a graduate student at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, has developed a robot that reads your body’s reaction as you browse through Tinder profiles, and then swipes right or left based on your skin’s response. In fact, she promises the bot will “find you love, guaranteed” merely by reading the change in your galvanic skin response over a period of time. (Meaning, how sweaty your palms get.)


As simple as today’s sites make finding a potential suitor, if contemplating between age, location and looks still requires too much thought, the True Love Tinder Robot can be your perfect wingman. The system itself is powered by an Arduino, and includes a pair of servos to move the hand, some LEDs, a text-to-speech module, a bunch of wires, a speaker and a couple of sheets of metal that act as a skin sensor. There is also an indentation for your palms.

With Tinder open, you put your smartphone down in from of the rubber hand. Once you’ve placed your hands down on the sensors, a robotic voice (inspired by the villain GlaDOS from Portal 2) guides you through the process and questions your feelings. As you are looking at each profile, the True Love Tinder Robot will read your true heart’s desire through the sensors and decide whether or not you are a good match with that person based on how your body reacts.

For instance, it’ll ask things such as “Do you see yourself spending the rest of your life with this person?” If it determines that you’re attracted to that person, it will swipe right. If not, it will swipe left. Throughout the process, it will make commentary on your involuntary decisions. Although galvanic skin response may not be the most precise measurement, it is often used by Scientologists for spiritual auditing and by law enforcement as part of polygraph tests.


The first prototype of the bot actually attempted to incorporate facial recognition, but was later swapped out for galvanic skin response. The idea behind GSR is pretty straightforward: when you see or experience something stimulating, your skin reacts appropriately by creating an electrodermal response. As your skin gets a little wetter, it becomes more conductive to electricity. GSR then measures that physiological feedback through skin conduction.

“In a time when it’s very normal for couples to meet online, we trust that algorithms on dating sites can find us suitable partners. Simultaneously, we use consumer biometric devices to tell us what’s going on with our bodies and what we should do to be healthy and happy. Maybe it’s not a stretch to consider what happens when we combine these things,” He explains.

The premise is that a computer may actually know you better than you know yourself, so why not let it pick you a date? While chances are the installation may not choose your future hubby or wifey, it’s still a pretty nifty project nevertheless.

“I want this project to be sort of amusing, kind of creepy and slightly embarrassing. I want the user to feel a tension between the robot assuring you that it knows best and not being sure whether or not to trust it. I want the user to question whether or not we should let a computer make intimate decisions for us,” He writes.

He has provided a detailed overview of the project and has made it entirely open source with all of its code available on GitHub.


Let this swiping bot pick your Tinder dates for you

This Tinder robot will automatically choose users you find attractive based on your preferences. 

Online dating has come a long way in recent years, especially with the advent of Tinder. While in search of Mr. or Mrs. Right, the app lets you quickly swipe your way to a potential match. But sometimes all that swiping can be tiring for your thumb. And so, Saurabh Datta has developed a robotic mechanism that can do it for you.


The project, which he calls Conditional_Lover, is a robotic swiper that employs a connected camera to analyze profile pictures and then approve or reject users with its two prongs that serve as fingers. To get started, you first select your preferences (age, smile, glasses and ethnicity) which the bot uses to perform actions depending on the extracted information from the Tinder images. As Datta explains, it is intentionally made just to act, not so much to learn. Meaning, don’t count on the device being a substitute for a human matchmaker.


Conditional_Lover was originally created as weekend project, based on the belief that tasks which don’t require human dexterity will eventually be delegated to machines. The unit itself consists of an Arduino Pro Micro (ATmega32U4), two styli attached to servos, limit switches, a Bluetooth module for communication, and a mounted webcam that looks down at the phone screen.

“The underlying intention was to see what it takes for conditional logics to appear as pseudo unconscious AI. A kind of idiosyncratic manipulation of rule-based behavior to achieve different ends, reflecting on human dependency over software decisions,” the Maker writes.


Needless to say, even if it’s just an experiment, the bot could very well be a sneak peek at the future of how online dating. Intrigued? Head over to Conditional_Lover’s page here, or watch it in action below!

Swipe right with this 3D-printed Tinder hack

With reports stating that 38% of single adults have used an online dating app, it comes as little surprise that a device like Tinder-O-Matic has been created by the Maker community.


A Maker by the name of Andrew Sink had previously built an Arduino Uno (ATmega328) powered InMoov finger and noticed it collecting dust on his desk. He soon thereafter began brainstorming ideas as to how he could increase the utility of this project he worked so arduously on. One day, Sink noticed a friend furiously swiping at his smartphone. He inquired about his friend’s actions, and his friend then broke down the dynamics of the dating app Tinder. Poof! The Tinder-O-Matic was born.


For those unfamiliar with the network, Tinder is a mobile dating application that uses a simple ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ dichotomy to create possible romantic matches. Once reading a person’s profile and perusing their pictures (sourced solely from Facebook, mind you) a user swipes to the left to discard the possible match, or to the right to ‘like’ the individual. If two users both swipe to the right, they then ‘match’ and can begin a text conversation.

Some users, like Sink’s friend, do not care about assessing possible matches and look to game the system and maximize their matches by swiping all accounts to the right. As you can imagine, that can become quite the tedious task. Subsequently, a 3D-printed finger and an ATmega328 powered servo motor, the Tinder-O-Matic can ‘like’ a new profile every four seconds, which leads to the possibility of liking 10,000 accounts in a 12-hour span. That is some serious speed dating!

For more information about the Tinder-O-Matic, you can access Andrew’s SinkHacks blog here.