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Your Facebook Likes Conveyed As Simulated Hugs

timothy posted about a year and a half ago | from the deep-pressure dept.

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mikejuk writes "Next time you're dreaming up ways to make the users of your apps feel loved and wanted, think a little more wildly. How about giving them an actual hug? That's what MIT researchers Melissa Chow and her colleagues Andy Payne and Phil Seaton at MIT have come up with — a jacket that hugs the wearer when one of their friends 'likes' one of their posts on Facebook. The Like-A-Hug vest is described as receiving a signal when a Facebook friend 'likes' a post, then fills with air to give the wearer the sensation of being hugged."

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Seriously what? (1)

fisted (2295862) | about a year and a half ago | (#41568401)

Can we have an equivalent jacket for Troll mods on /.?

Re:Seriously what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41568629)

Can we have an equivalent jacket for Troll mods on /.?

Yeah it'll have an "overpressure oh my god get me out of this thing!" mode. Or electrical shocks.

I bet we can market this.

Re:Seriously what? (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about a year and a half ago | (#41570071)

That or a dislike button on facebook that simulates punching you in the chest if your post is disliked, lol.

Re:Seriously what? (1)

davester666 (731373) | about a year and a half ago | (#41570605)

No, the jacket just inflates more, so your ribs break.

No worries, because it only happens whenever you are unfriended.

Re:Seriously what? (1)

sg_oneill (159032) | about a year and a half ago | (#41574417)

I'm not sure if giving 4chan the ability to finally beat people up physically over the internet is the wisest idea!

It this a conspiracy? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41568407)

They (you know who) are subtly diluting the meaning of an "actual hug"! But for what end?

Re:It this a conspiracy? (4, Interesting)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | about a year and a half ago | (#41568645)

Commoditization of all human affection! The incurably Single intend to devalue all of the In A Relationships and It's Complicateds!

Re:It this a conspiracy? (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | about a year and a half ago | (#41569489)

They are doing it? Well, then there's no danger. Now if THEY start doing it, then it's time to get frightened.

Silly Inadequate (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41568423)

Who would want such a vest? It just wouldn't feel the same. Human contact is great but it feels different depending on which human you are contacting. A vest isn't human at all, so it will feel like accidentally touching a stranger or something like that. It won't produce a nice warm and fuzzy feeling. I think these people at MIT need to get out more. They work like crazy over there.

Re:Silly Inadequate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41569689)

A "vest"? Yep, definitely inadequate for anyone suicidally insane enough to sign up for a facebook account. A straightjacket would be much more appropriate. Though depending on what is posted there they might need a bullet proof vest if they wish to protect themselves from natural selection effects.

Re:Silly Inadequate (1)

Guignol (159087) | about a year and a half ago | (#41570323)

I'm sure it will have an enormous success in the crazy suicide bombers groups.
Now, you can blow up actually knowing that indeed your guru/master/whatever likes what you are doing, it's a total garantee to end up in paradise

This is too nice. (1)

Crasoose (1621969) | about a year and a half ago | (#41568429)

When do we get a version that puts someone in discomfort at the level of getting your blood pressure level checked whenever they post something awful?

Re:This is too nice. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41568841)

You find that uncomfortable? I quite enjoy it myself.

Temple Grandin would be proud (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41568441)

Looks like a hugbox to me!

Save Africa with your likes! (1)

Tibixe (1138927) | about a year and a half ago | (#41568529)

Can this double as a life jacket? If so, you could actually save some African orphans with your likes. At least the ones thrown overboard from pirate ships.

What about dislikes? (1)

SuperMooCow (2739821) | about a year and a half ago | (#41568563)

They should add bare wires inside the jacket so that dislikes are conveyed as a very mild electric shock.

Re:What about dislikes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41569097)

Facebook doesn't have dislikes.

Oh. a like jacket...For the internet Titanic (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about a year and a half ago | (#41568567)

How about a dildo instead? Then you can feel the love every time you log into Facebook.

Is there a smaller version? (0)

Hentes (2461350) | about a year and a half ago | (#41568573)

Interesting invention, but I'm wondering if it's possible to miniatrize the technology into something other than a vest. It should look like sock, just much smaller...

Re:Is there a smaller version? (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year and a half ago | (#41568583)

Well, there is the "Fleshlight" for folks like you...

Re:Is there a smaller version? (2)

maxwell demon (590494) | about a year and a half ago | (#41569497)

So the corresponding Facebook-aware product would be a "Fleshlike"?

Anal Probe (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year and a half ago | (#41570175)

So the corresponding Facebook-aware product would be a "Fleshlike"?

Considering many people's obsession with Facebook, an electronic device used for masturbation that was somehow connected to Facebook activity seems like a potential "killer app". I see millions in sales! And think of the advertising tie-ins...

But, I think this device would probably take the form of some sort of anal probe.

MIT has sunk to a new low. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41568577)

What a shitty idea.

I expect better coming out of MIT. But I guess even MIT has their idiots, failures, and general bottom-of-the-barrel types.

I hope someone realizes how stupid this is and kicks them out for sullying the University's name.

Re:MIT has sunk to a new low. (3, Interesting)

PJ6 (1151747) | about a year and a half ago | (#41568785)

That would be the surest way to kill creativity and enforce a timid mediocrity.

Coming from MIT myself, troll, I can say that they would kick you out for your attitude.

No (1)

Murdoch5 (1563847) | about a year and a half ago | (#41568759)

That is so much BS, 3/4 of the status updates on Facebook aren't even things you would hug about in real life. The like button just tells the poster that you saw it and agreed,. thats it!

Really, MIT? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41568825)

Apparently being at a big name research institute means you get positive publicity for the most trivial, silly research. Am I missing something?

Facebook is a cunt (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41568845)

If you use facebook then you are a cunt. Don't be a cunt.

Re:Facebook is a cunt (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41568903)

LOL AC. You're going to get modded to oblivion, but have a hug for the laugh anyway.

Re:Facebook is a cunt (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41569879)

If you use facebook then you are a cunt. Don't be a cunt.

Like

forever (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41569153)

alone...

How many does it take? (2)

AndyKron (937105) | about a year and a half ago | (#41569403)

A hugging jacket for Facebook likes? Get a fucking life! How many simultaneous hugs does it take to strangle someone?

Likes conveyed as hugs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41569481)

So... what are "pokes" conveyed as? I think the vest for that may be a bit more... intrusive?

Awesome, next up, Underwear. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41569695)

Wireless remote control vibrating panties exist.

Ugh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41569721)

Because we need more "if you're old enough to remember this" memes.

facebook pokes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41570203)

as simulated sexual intercourse?

Then you have a hit on your hands.

Airport Hug! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41571099)

1) Go to airport
2) Security notice electronic hardware within vest
3) Friend has great timing on like
4) Get hugged by dozen of security guards
5) ???
6) Profit!

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