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Could You Use A Good Hug?

Posted 25 Jul 2011 at 17:25 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

So like, you're having one of those days, and like you need a good hug and you just can't find anyone to give you that hug? Well, Japanese researchers have come up with a Robotic Torso that allows you to hug yourself! The torso has sensors and little pager motors and air bladders. As you hug and stroke the torso, it sort of feels like it is hugging and stroking you back. Ultimate partner? Probably not. Creepy, weird, disturbing? Yeah, you could probably use a good hug now?

Not that bad, I guess?, posted 26 Jul 2011 at 01:32 UTC by MDude » (Journeyer)

Such a system could just as easily be used for remote hugging and recorded hugs. Though I actually first wondered what it would be like to kick myself in the gut.

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