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This Vest Hugs You Everytime You Get A “Like” On Facebook

Submitted by on October 11, 2012 – 11:41 amOne Comment


Social and physical interaction has been marginalized between human beings extensively ever since the world wide web became, well, world wide. Chatrooms replaced clubs. Skype replaced face-to-face conversations, and let’s not even began to discuss how Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and FourSquare have allowed us to have more “friends” watching our every move that we even knew existed. Well, get ready to throw hugs out the window, too!

MIT’s Melissa Chow is proud to present the Like-a-Hug vest. Real hugs are gross, right? Who needs all that exposure to germs? Instead, allow the Like-a-Hug vest to hug you.

The idea is simple: the vest is connected to your Facebook page. Every time one of your friends “likes” your status, photo, video, etc., the vest inflates mimicking a bear hug. Hugs can be sent back to the sender by deflating the vest. Awww.

“We came up with the concept over a casual conversation about long-distance relationships and the limitations of video chat interfaces like Skype,” Chow said. “The concept of telepresence arose, and we toyed with the idea of receiving hugs via wireless technology. The result was Like-A-Hug. Connecting it to Facebook conceptually was simply a way to explore how social media might push past the traditional graphic user interface (GUI).”

While the vest is certainly not on the market yet, may we suggest “Like-a-Footrub” next?

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