This iPhone case glows to show how your friends are feeling

The Feeling Skin smartcase glows to show how your friends are feeling.

The Feeling Skin smartcase glows to show how your friends are feeling.

Like the world’s largest therapy session, social media is all about sharing our emotions. The team behind new Kickstarter project The Feeling Skin are hoping to build on that idea by combining a new social network based on emotion with a funky smartphone case, designed to help you stay in touch with friends.

The app lets you record short Vine-style videos, to which you can add either a “Mood Up” or a “Mood Down” emotion. A Mood Up, for instance, might be arriving at the airport for your holiday, while a Mood Down could be trudging to work in the rain on a Monday morning.

These videos can then be posted to the app’s network, along with Twitter and Facebook, for your friends to see.

What makes The Feeling Skin a bit different is its accompanying case designed for the iPhone 5/5s — which works with the app and glows different colors depending on your friends’ mood, thanks to a built-in LED. In addition you can ask your friends how they’re doing throughout the day by touching a “pulse” button on the back of the case.

The app allows you to attach emotions to individual videos.

The app allows you to attach emotions to individual videos.

The case also works as a battery recharger — with a 1450 mAh battery built in, which gives your iPhone an extra energy boost between full charges. Paris, France-based developers Twelve Monkeys Company claim they have a patent pending design which allows you to sync your iPhone to your computer without having to take it out of the case first, which has already passed Apple’s MFi (Made for iPhone) certification process.

The Kickstarter project is aiming for a total amount of $40,000, and with 25 days left they’ve raised $13,810. The anticipated shipping date for the first batch of cases is in July.

It’s an interesting project — and one that I can potentially see catching on among younger, teenaged iPhone users.

If you want to take a look for yourself, click the link below.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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