Here's what your hand would look like if it evolved to fit a smartphone
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) —
Anyone who has struggled to grasp their smartphone has wondered if there's a better way.
In a Sept. 27 report, London-based broadband company Broadband Choices set out to answer that very question.
The results are, for lack of a better word, freaky -- if perhaps not probable.
After consulting with an evolutionary biologist, the company produced the concept images in the gallery above.
The theoretical adaptions include a more pointed index finger for improved navigation, gel-like pads on some fingers for better grip, and crooked thumbs and little fingers for a more secure hold.
The crooked little finger facilitates angled support, with an indentation in which the phone could rest. Further indentations can be seen across the palm of the hand, so the device would fit comfortably.
According to the consulted biologist, Prishita Maheshwari-Aplin, human hands will never develop these features via evolution.
"As for the way the human hand could change with continued mobile phone usage, I understand and agree with the vision that the thumb muscles could stretch and bones potentially curve to allow easier access to the bigger screens on smartphones," Maheshwari-Aplin said. "I also see how it could come about that the little finger could curve for ease of holding the phone, along with a potentially increased surface area on the pads of the third and fourth fingers.
"However, this would take many, many generations, and it is very likely that mobile phones will no longer exist by that point in the course of human evolution."