Odd things, daily.
Inventor Melissa Chow has designed a jacket that hugs its wearer every time someone ‘likes’ their Facebook profile. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) student explains that the ‘Like-A-Hug’ jacket “allows us to feel the warmth, encouragement, support, or love we feel when we receive hugs.”
When the wearer receives a signal on their mobile phone, telling them that their Facebook page has been “liked”, air pockets inside the jacket automatically inflate, giving the sensation of an embrace.
Chow collaborated with colleagues Andy Payne and Phil Seaton. “We came up with the concept over a casual conversation about long-distance relationships and the limitations of video chat interfaces like Skype,” Chow explains. “The concept of telepresence arose, and we toyed with the idea of receiving hugs via wireless technology.”
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