Researchers Create Hugging Jacket, Responsive to Facebook Likes

The Like-A-Hug coat hugs when you receive a Facebook like

By Raluca Anghel on October 6th, 2012 10:00 GMT

Like-A-Hug is the world's first social media piece of clothing. This coat will hug you every time friends like your posts or pictures on Facebook.

MIT researchers put together the technologically advanced item. This device inflates every time one receives a like, and the recipient can send a like back, which would transform into a hug if the other person were wearing the jacket.

If you are not only lacking real-life affection, but your friends ignore you on Facebook as well, you can just give yourself a like for encouragement.

The Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab are the developers between Like-A-Hug. Melissa KIt Chow, one of the creators of the product, explains it is aimed at bringing people together, Business Insider reports.

“Like-A-Hug is a wearable social media vest that allows for hugs to be given via Facebook, bringing us closer despite physical distance. 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. Hugs can also be sent back to the original sender by squeezing the vest and deflating it,” Mrs. Chow reports.

The gallery of innovative products premiered by the MIT Media Lab include the Guitar Hero and Rock band games, Hiriko, the foldable car, and the XO, a laptop with a display that is readable under direct sunlight, for children in Africa that go to school outdoors but can afford laptops.

In 2008, MIT Media Lab has caught readers' attention by debuting Nexi, the robot that displays human-like expressions. Nexi communicates happiness, fear, anger, surprise etc. throughout movement of its eyes, eyelids and lower jaw. The bots also replicate human response time for displaying emotion.

Check out the advert for this funny yet potentially life changing, as well as stress-relieving product below.

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