The Straits Times
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Published on Oct 06, 2012
 

Like-A-Hug vest lets Facebook users hug from afar

 
 

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - A vest developed in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) lets Facebook users hug one another no matter how far apart they are.

A Like-A-Hug vest on display Friday at the website of designer Melissa Kit Chow was touted as "wearable social media" that inflates to embrace wearers whenever Facebook friends "Like" items they post at the social network.

Ms Chow worked with Andy Payne and Phil Seaton in the MIT Media Lab to create the puffy black vests, according to her website.

Like-A-Hug lets hugs "be given via Facebook, bringing us closer together despite physical distance," Ms Chow said in a post describing the vest.