10.09.12

Let your Facebook friends hug you through Likes

MIT scientists found a way to get in physical touch with your Facebook friends: a vest that inflates whens someone likes something you posted on Facebook. Eric Abent at Slash Gear reports:

The idea of this vest – which has been dubbed Like-A-Hug – is to simulate the feeling of receiving a hug from your friends. “The vest inflates when friends ‘Like’ a photo, video, or status update on the wearer’s wall, thereby allowing us to feel the warmth, encouragement, support, or love that we feel when we receive hugs,” designer Melissa Chow writes on her website. Chow developed the vest with Andy Payne and Phil Seaton at the MIT Media Lab.

But wait, because it gets even better – by squeezing and deflating your vest, you can make the vest of the person who Liked your post inflate, essentially giving them a hug back.