"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," creator Nicole He says on the device's website. "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."
To be fair, the True Love robot still requires you to use your hands, albeit it in a much more relaxed manner. Sick of wasting palm sweat while endlessly swiping and questioning the very meaning of human existence in the face of seemingly limitless technology? Same. Now users can simply place their hands onto the sensor pad and promptly have their purest romantic desires measured via how your body reacts (sweat or no sweat) to their Tinder pic.
Nicole, a graduate student at New York University, built the True Love robot using "an Arduino, servos, a text-to-speech module, LEDS, a couple sheets of metal acting as galvanic skin response sensor, a bunch of wires, a box, and a speaker." Speaking with Newsbeat earlier this week, Nicole says she created True Love to "heighten these feelings of ambivalence" about using technology as romance's so-called "mediator."
The future looks better than ever.