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Vest lets Facebook users hug from afar

2012-10-05 22:19

San Francisco - A vest developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) lets Facebook users hug one another no matter how far apart they are.

A Like-A-Hug vest on display Friday at the website of designer Melissa Kit Chow was touted as "wearable social media" that inflates to embrace wearers whenever Facebook friends "Like" items they post at the social network.

Chow worked with Andy Payne and Phil Seaton in the MIT Media Lab to create the puffy black vests, according to her website.

Like-A-Hug lets hugs "be given via Facebook, bringing us closer together despite physical distance," Chow said in a post describing the vest.

And, provided the sender is also wearing Like-A-Hug, a recipient can return a hug by squeezing their own vest to deflate it.

Chow described herself as a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design who subtly skews everyday interactions with the environment for "a reawakening of a sensorial spacial experience".

Comments
  • sakhi.TheNextKent.dlala - 2012-10-05 22:38

    oh ok....

  • mknnko003 - 2012-10-05 22:43

    This is crazy...

  • Robert Frankol - 2012-10-05 23:41

    yea right....

  • BatongaBoro - 2012-10-06 00:10

    MIT took the time, trouble and imagination to allow people on their premises to develop something that allows one nerd in Pasadena to make believe they are hugging another nerd in Alabama by inflating and deflating a balloon? oh no, America is not dumbing down at all. is there another Bush they can elect to finish the job?

  • teddy.beer.319 - 2012-10-06 03:23

    Could have been more interesting if it was some pair of briefs, you know what I am getting to?

  • Grant Wykerd - 2012-10-06 05:11

    Bloody genius, what next???? I just love Technology and the Brain....

  • Wikus Erasmus - 2012-10-06 07:59

    interesting? maybe. Useful? Perhaps in a different configuration. Innovative? Hardly! Sending electronic signals over the internet to activate servo's and actuators are old news. My 3rd year diploma students devise more interesting and useful applications.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-06 11:27

    The next step will be Like-A-F@@k underpants.

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