Social media is benefits our lives by keeping us connected with friends and family near and far. Distance from your loved ones could suck, even with social media connections, especially when you are having a bad day. But, what if there was a way for you to simulate the feel of a hug through Facebook? Now, thanks to a group of MIT researchers, you can with the Like-A-Hug: A vest that squeezes you when you receive Facebook LIkes
Like-A-Hug is a concept developed by MIT researchers Andy Payne, Phil Seaton, and artist Melissa Kit Chow. On Chow's website, she explains the Like-A-Hug concept and its purpose:
"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."
No details have been reveled if the vest would be sold to the public. Does the tangible social media seem far-fetched and creepy or would you been interested in social media connected clothing?
[via All Things D]