I didn’t know what happened at MIT’s Media Lab, but I never would have guessed that students there would design a vest that inflates and “hugs” you every time you receive a like on Facebook. Melissa Chow came up with the product, and if someone I knew were wearing it, I’d go through their profile and like all. the. things.
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.
If only this vest could be tied to notify you when specific people like your posts, you could quickly identify your stalkers (seriously, it’s weird when you like every single one of someone’s posts). Maybe that will come in version 2.0.
See a video demonstration after the break.