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    I picked up an article a couple years ago after hearing about siggraph and an intelligent clothing exhibition and in my search to find out more i discovered this HUG SUIT......

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    Monday, August 28th, 2006
    Sometimes we just yearn for that physical connection and technology clothing company CuteCircuit understands that. Thats why they invented the Hug Shirt which allows you to exchange the physical sensation of a hug over long distances. All you need is the shirt embedded with special sensors, a java enabled bluetooth handset and a warm compassionate heart. Simply put on the shirt, give yourself a hug and let the removable sensors beam the temperature and pressure data to your mobile phone. Your phone then automatically sends the hug to the person you designated hugs to go to via SMS and actuators of wearing a similar shirt. f the other person or the sender doesn’t have the shirt she can just send an SMS text message, and it will be transformed into a hug! If you don’t need a hug you can switch it off.

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    ellysau     Sun, May 27, 2007  Permanent link
    reading about this makes me want a hug RIGHT NOW
    meganmay     Sun, May 27, 2007  Permanent link
    ok, how many times can you hear that something is so Brave New World but HOLY CRAP THIS IS SO BRAVE NEW WORLD. which doesn't make it any less genius, and does make me think that all we need is somekind of direct feeding tube plugged into our bodies and we could live online without sacrificing the perks of physical contact or nutrition. although then we'd need something like the wii controlled dome screen mike posted to make it all seem a bit more like reality and for exercise we could use those automatic ab-workout belts they sold on tv at one point.



    it'd be so awesome to get a hold of one of those shirts though.


    kbrinsho     Mon, May 28, 2007  Permanent link
    yeah hugs are pretty awesome and so are those ab workout belts-
    but I wonder if this type of physical connectedness with a machine would make me feel better when I am feeling down and need something to hold onto- it would be interesting to see if those kinds of simulations actually have some sort of psychological effect on people.
     
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