The Story of HandL’s Development


HandL is the result of an artist’s careful study of hand movement and touch sensitivity and the desire to connect technology to our bodies in an organic way. Allen Hirsch drew inspiration both from using his brush while painting pictures as well as from his beloved companion, Benjamin the Monkey. “The paintbrush is pretty harmonious interface between hand and canvas. It moves and follows our intentions and movements closely. Our phones are essentially our canvases where we express our feelings and thoughts and I wanted HandL to be like a paintbrush for everyone using their phone.” Hirsch also studied the way Benjamin held and grasped things and molded his body around things organically and wanted HandL to offer the widest range of movement, comfort and flexibility for the hand.


In 2013 Allen set out to develop an interface between hand and phone, creating hundreds of sketches and prototypes for HandL.