Johannesburg: A tech team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has developed a vest that allows users to hug one another no matter how far apart they are.
A Like-A-Hug vest on display at the website of designer Melissa Kit Chow has been touted as “wearable social media” that inflates to embrace wearers whenever Facebook friends “Like” the items that they have posted at the social network, News24 reported.
According to her website, Chow worked in collaboration with Andy Payne and Phil Seaton in the MIT Media Lab to create the puffy black vests.
The vests let hugs “be given via Facebook, bringing us closer together despite physical distance,” Chow said in a post.
And, provided the sender is also wearing the Like-A-Hug vest, a recipient can return a hug by squeezing their own vest to deflate it.