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This Vest Inflates When You Get a Facebook 'Like'

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Like-a-Hug vest demonstration, via <a href="">Melissa Chow</a>
Like-a-Hug vest demonstration, via Melissa Chow

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Today in Science, someone invented wearable social media. No, for real. Since mostly everyone gets a shot of good feelings when someone "Likes" a Facebook status update, picture, or post, MIT scientists have taken a break from solving the universe's mysteries to develop a garment that translates those warm fuzzies to actual, physical hugs with the Like-a-Hug vest. (When someone "Likes" anything on your Wall, the vest inflates, approximating a bear hug, which the wearer can return by deflating it). Inventor Melissa Chow explains how such a creation came into being:

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. Connecting it to Facebook conceptually was simply a way to explore how social media might push past the traditional graphic user interface (GUI).
While we appreciate the attempt to bring Facebook love into 3D life, inflating at random intervals during day could get a little tiresome after awhile—plus, the more popular you are in the virtual world, the more space you take up in the real world.
· Like-a-Hug [Melissa Kit Chow, via Mashable]
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