Facebook jacket hugs you when friends interact, is less annoying than a poke

Melissa Chow

Some people out there have the urge to check Facebook nearly every minute of the day—you may be one of them. But if you want to feel a sense of love from Facebook interactions, maybe you could get a hug...from a coat.

Like-A-Hug by MIT’s Melissa Chow, Andy Payne, and Phil Seaton is an inflatable jacket which has a unique and friendly way of letting you know if a friend liked something on your Facebook wall.

The lifejacket-like contraption connects to your account, and every time you receive a “like”, it inflates to give you a "hug." Want to show your appreciation for your friend’s interaction with your update or photo? Just hug the jacket back.

Melissa explains how the project came about:

"We came up with the concept over a casual conversation about long-distance relationships and the limitations of video chat interfaces like Skype. The concept of telepresence arose, and we toyed with the idea of receiving hugs via wireless technology. The result was Like-A-Hug."

Like-A-Hug is obviously just a concept design right now, but it would be interesting to see if this kind of fashion technology becomes an item you can actually buy.

[Melissa Chow via Fashioning Technology]

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