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How To Hug a Chicken Via the Internet

timothy posted about a year and a half ago | from the anything-between-consenting-adult-beings dept.

The Internet 96

the_newsbeagle writes "Adrian Cheok, a professor of electrical engineering in Japan, wants to invent a "multisensory Internet" that will transmit not just information, but also experiences. To usher in this new age, he started by building a haptic system that enabled him to send a hug to a chicken via the Internet. Next came the 'huggy pajama' project, which allowed distant parents to send their kid a goodnight squeeze. Lately he's begun working on sending a taste over the internet with his 'digital lollypop' project."

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Chicken Hugging (5, Funny)

JediPhreaK (1309461) | about a year and a half ago | (#41786253)

Really? Hug a Chicken? Come on it's called Choking your chicken, the Internet is a weird place.

Re:Chicken Hugging (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41786343)

At least it's not called spanking your python.

Re:Chicken Hugging (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41786945)

His last name is Cheok!

Re:Chicken Hugging (1, Informative)

ls671 (1122017) | about a year and a half ago | (#41787749)

For the ducks and chickens I raise, I put their necks on a log and then I use an ax. One can also twist the necks while hunting for example and when no log and ax are handy. I feel the ax is better, hanging is a big no no in my book ;-)

P.S. I know one hangs them (by the feet) for the meat to age and the blood to drain.

Re:Chicken Hugging (1)

distilate (1037896) | about a year and a half ago | (#41787781)

Really? Hug a Chicken? Come on it's called Choking your chicken, the Internet is a weird place.

"Kevin bloody Wilson" said to be ecstatic about the possibility of F***ing a chicken over the internet!

Suspicious (4, Funny)

Grey Ninja (739021) | about a year and a half ago | (#41786261)

So he made a device where you can hug a cock over the internet... now he wants to allow you to taste a cock? Count me out.

Re:Suspicious (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41786357)

Agreed. I prefer a women to do these things to me in person.

The more things change (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41786607)

The more things change, the the more things stay the same [welookdoyou.com]. Note, the device described in the link is, AFAIK, fictional and requires a tower PC with a full sized bay. Try that with a tablet, unless you're literally a pencil dick. Actually, you can't even install new hardware in a tablet, so scratch that altogether... although you gotta wonder what people are going to do with touch interfaces, and whether or not they'll come out with a touch screen that's flexible and sensitive to heat, dampness, and... I feel sick now...

Re:The more things change (1)

Hartree (191324) | about a year and a half ago | (#41786675)

I'm very glad I don't have to write that interface spec...

Re:The more things change (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | about a year and a half ago | (#41790457)

What interface? Nobody seen "strange days" around here? The future will simply bypass all the bullshit and send the simulation directly into your brain. Talk about an easy way to keep the masses passive! They could live in the worst rat hole and be happy as clams, as long as they could plug in at the end of the day.

"If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then 'real' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain" and THAT will be the future, only it won't be brought by some enslaving machines, it'll be brought by megacorps who'll make a fricking killing. We are now just starting to figure this stuff out, glasses that let the blind see, sounds broadcast to the brain, but you can bet your last dollar they WILL figure out how to just send the signals directly to your brain, then no "interface" needed. Plug in, tune out.

Re:The more things change (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41792897)

meh, if the IOS device market is any indication, it will only be a matter of time till the IJack is built. comes in pitcher and catcher varieties (dildo for straight women/ gay men, fleshlightesque device for straight men/ lesbians). Make the soft bits detachable and dishwasher safe and the Sex deprived and/or kinky will buy it in droves.

IJack, only the finest in teledildonics.

Re:Suspicious (4, Funny)

Ukab the Great (87152) | about a year and a half ago | (#41786683)

I hear that cock tastes like chicken.

Re:Suspicious (1)

couchslug (175151) | about a year and a half ago | (#41792227)

"I hear that cock tastes like chicken."

Take one of each. Skin (plucking is too much work) and de-head them, then fry in the same pan for comparison.

Post results!

Re:Suspicious (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41787043)

Maybe it's for hugging chicks instead!

Re:Suspicious (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41787997)

The meme that porn drives advances in tech has been sort of disproved recently, but if it's one thech that's going to get the backing of the porn people...

Digital Lollipop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41786283)

Cheok has a “digital lollipop” in the works that electrically and thermally stimulates the tongue to produce basic flavors—bitter, sour, salty, sweet. He dreams of a system that would let friends in Paris send you a taste of their wine over the Internet.

Yes... their 'wine'...

He should just call it the lolicon lollipop already.

Re:Digital Lollipop (5, Funny)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year and a half ago | (#41786843)

I'm just waiting for such a technology as that lollipop to actually take off, so I can read about hackers replacing the digital data for the flavor information with that harvested from a turd.

That's some prankstering hacking I would roffle reading.

Re:Digital Lollipop (1)

wisty (1335733) | about a year and a half ago | (#41787589)

Note - don't leech a hacker's wifi if you're going to be downloading taste or smell files.

Sensory Spam Re:Digital Lollipop (1)

girlinatrainingbra (2738457) | about a year and a half ago | (#41787675)

Consider the crazy spam we get now with just textual and visual and auditory messages. Can you imagine the kind of crap that could be sent with olfactory, taste, and touch senses added to that?

.

``My god, it's made up of sensory stimuli!''

.

And what craziness would ensue for those who has cross-sensory transference known as synesthesia. [wikipedia.org]

People with synesthesia have abnormal but recurring cross-sensory stimulus associations, such as the letter L being associated with the color pink, or a certain musical note having a particular flavor associated with it. It's not the color of noise [wikipedia.org] electrical engineers and audio people talk about with white noise or pink noise, but colorful noise as in noise inciting color stimuli centers in the brain. Muy cool. But I would hate to receive cross sensory spam.

.

And I'm thinking that there are some science fiction stories that talk about attack advertisements that sneak up on you. Perhaps Philip K Dick, but a girlfriend says perhaps Stainless Steel Rat [wikipedia.org] books by Harry Harrison [wikipedia.org], instead. Anyone know for sure?

Re:Digital Lollipop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41788083)

You've already SEEN it, but after waiting impatiently for more than ten years, you'll finally get the chance to learn what goatse TASTES like!

Chicken Hugging (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41786295)

Y'know, make all the genital slang references you want, but at the end of the day, this is about hugging chickens. And chickens are cute-looking fluffy creatures that look like they need a hug. And this allows you to do so without getting scratched up or pecked!

Re:Chicken Hugging (1)

donscarletti (569232) | about a year and a half ago | (#41786885)

Chickens, when hugged, go into a defensive posture, crouching low, head down, wings slightly hunched. They generally will not peck adult humans.

In retrospect, she could have mistaken me for a cockerel trying to mount her and gone into a mating position, which is roughly the same posture.

Re:Chicken Hugging (1)

Randle_Revar (229304) | about a year and a half ago | (#41787231)

Raise them from chicks and they make great pets and will not have a problem with hugs. Some will even purr!
There are chicken diapers so your chicken can stay in the house.

Re:Chicken Hugging (1)

Windwraith (932426) | about a year and a half ago | (#41789535)

Many birds can be "potty trained" like dogs and cats, but people usually doesn't have the same patience than with mammals when it comes to training avian pets, for some reason.

Time to buy porn industry stock (1)

PensivePeter (1104071) | about a year and a half ago | (#41786301)

...just think about the possibilities

Re:Time to buy porn industry stock (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41787225)

Well,teledildonics is hardly a new concept...

Re:Time to buy porn industry stock (1)

fatphil (181876) | about a year and a half ago | (#41788191)

But teledildonics isn't new. I'm not sure he's breaking any new ground with his ideas.

Next up: Choking (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41786305)

Next up: Choking

I have 2 backyard chickens (4, Informative)

kawabago (551139) | about a year and a half ago | (#41786369)

i can just imagine the commotion a mechanical monster lumbering into the run to give them a hug. I wouldn't have eggs for days!

Re:I have 2 backyard chickens (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41786695)

Wait, is "chicken" still a euphemism?

Re:I have 2 backyard chickens (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41787003)

They're not here to serve you anyway, punk ass bitch.

Re:I have 2 backyard chickens (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41788463)

That's right, they're here to live as along as allow them, to make eggs, before I cut their head off, pluck the feathers, remove the guts, and cook the meat.

Re:I have 2 backyard chickens (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41789677)

Wow. You have an odd way of displaying your frustrations over being a common faggot dick smoker. Not to mention that your English sucks too.

no. just... no. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41786387)

and let this be a lesson to you.

Look at what nuking japan did to them!

Tremendous implications for telemedicine (5, Interesting)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about a year and a half ago | (#41786389)

True remote physical examinations, with the patient and physician both feeling and responding to the tactile interaction. This could be huge - especially in terms of extreme remote medicine, such as handling astronaut-patients on lengthy missions to Mars or the asteroid belt.

Re:Tremendous implications for telemedicine (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41786603)

I agree that it is big, but I don't think that this would be applicable to astronauts that are on their way to mars because of the latency involved.

captcha: funerals

Re:Tremendous implications for telemedicine (-1)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about a year and a half ago | (#41786693)

I was thinking about that. I think what would happen is you would want to drop probes every so often on the way to Mars or the asteroid belt that would act as a communication link. Don't know how frequently spaced they would have to be, or what orbit around the sun in order to keep them aligned. But, that would also help with all other communication with the ship and the mission, and allow the establishment of permanent bases.

Re:Tremendous implications for telemedicine (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41787257)

Wouldn't fix the latency problem, because it can't be solved without changing orbits.

Distance from Earth to Mars (right now) = 3.052 * 10^8 km
Speed of light in vacuum =299792 km/s
Distance / c = 16minutes, 58.12 seconds

Space is freaking huge.

Re:Tremendous implications for telemedicine (3, Informative)

travbrad (622986) | about a year and a half ago | (#41786665)

I could see it working on earth, but surely the latency would make it impossible for a physician on earth to tactility interact with a patient on Mars. At best Mars is about 3 light minutes away from earth, and it can be as far as 20+ light minutes away. 100-200ms is enough to throw off online gamers, so I imagine 600,000ms would be a bit too much for a doctor to work with.

Re:Tremendous implications for telemedicine (1)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about a year and a half ago | (#41786833)

You know, the latency may not really matter. Just train the doctors to wait three minutes to get the tactile response from Mars - so if the physician feels your throat or abdomen for abnormal swelling, the physician has a timer giving an alert as to when to look for the tactile response.

The Hard Part (2)

nthitz (840462) | about a year and a half ago | (#41786427)

To me it seems simulating the sense, either touch, taste, or anything else that is the hard part. Sending the data over the net seems pretty straightforward a capable connection.

Um... Ok... (0)

Greyfox (87712) | about a year and a half ago | (#41786457)

There's nothing about this story that doesn't trigger my "Don't make eye contact and back away slowly" reflex. Nothing at all.

mod dmoWn (-1)

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Re:mod dmoWn (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41787051)

Cool story.

Translation: Choke the Chicken (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41786501)

Turning Japanese? I really think so! I think I'm ...

Japan is weird, did you know that? (4, Insightful)

Nimey (114278) | about a year and a half ago | (#41786553)

It's an important step forward, but only in Japan would hugging a chicken be an intermediate step.

Re:Japan is weird, did you know that? (5, Informative)

KramberryKoncerto (2552046) | about a year and a half ago | (#41786883)

It's actually because of the researcher's Australian upbringing. Quoted from here [ieee.org]:

Growing up in Adelaide, Australia, Cheok had often played with the chickens kept by his grandfather, so he decided to focus on poultry (rule one). He built haptic jackets for the chickens himself (rule two), embedding them with vibrating elements. Tinkering taught him just how difficult it is to produce a gentle, humanlike touch. “The system develops as you build it,” Cheok says. “I see research as iterative—you’re learning from what you’re making.”

Japanese indirectness... (1)

openfrog (897716) | about a year and a half ago | (#41789105)

It's an important step forward, but only in Japan would hugging a chicken be an intermediate step.

You have to take account of the proverbial Japanese indirectness. What the professor wants to demonstrate becomes clearer when you think of the following distinction: eroticism is when you use a feather; pornography is when you use to whole chicken.

What's with the cutesy stuff? (4, Insightful)

thegarbz (1787294) | about a year and a half ago | (#41786595)

Sending hugs over the internet has little practical purposes.

On the other hand you could solve a lot of the worlds problems if we could punch people in the face over the internet.

Re:What's with the cutesy stuff? (1)

antdude (79039) | about a year and a half ago | (#41786871)

How about punching a chicken? :D

Re:What's with the cutesy stuff? (1)

Windwraith (932426) | about a year and a half ago | (#41789285)

But chickens are kind of cute, why would you punch a chicken without the chicken doing something evil to you, like kidnapping your children or pecking you in the eye? I'd rather hug them.

Re:What's with the cutesy stuff? (1)

antdude (79039) | about a year and a half ago | (#41789389)

So you don't eat cooked chickens? ;) That's OK, I have a chicken. I wouldn't kill and eat him unless I had no food. >:)

Re:What's with the cutesy stuff? (1)

Windwraith (932426) | about a year and a half ago | (#41789495)

Actually, I don't eat poultry. I happen to be a bird enthusiast since I was a little kid, used to raise chicks and that kind of thing. For me birds are like cats for everyone else. (I also happen to hate cats, their "I own my owner" attitude kills any semblance of cuteness they might have).

Re:What's with the cutesy stuff? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41787773)

4chan would actually become good again. MY GOD.

Re:What's with the cutesy stuff? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41787805)

Why would you purchase and install in your home a machine to let people on the internet punch you?
You know what, never mind... I really don't need to know that much about you.

Uhm no thanks.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41786701)

I can't imagine hooking this up with Chatroulette....

H.E.A.V.E.N. (4, Funny)

GrpA (691294) | about a year and a half ago | (#41786729)

Haptically Enhanced Advanced Virtual Environment Network

H.E.A.V.E.N.

Nice to see some of this technology starting to progress.

GrpA.

Re:H.E.A.V.E.N. (2)

MITguy21 (1248040) | about a year and a half ago | (#41786809)

Haptically Enhanced Advanced Virtual Environment Network

H.E.A.V.E.N.

aka teledildonics -- a name I remember from the 1980's at MIT Media Lab.

hug panties (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41786749)

this guy just wants to put a backdoor in next decade's "hug panties" software so he can digitally molest women. japanese people are all sick and crazy

MMMMM....hhhnnnngggghhh....yeah.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41786805)

"Digital Lolipop..." Yeah, baby, lick it. You like that "lolipop"

That sounds hot. What could go wrong?

moD d0wn (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41786827)

big deal. Death 6ive BSD credit been sitting here

Why a chicken? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41786841)

Why hug a chicken? Surely they dislike being hugged?

Serious question.

Re:Why a chicken? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41786925)

I am interested too. Cats, dogs, may be. But chicken, why o why?

Re:Why a chicken? (1)

couchslug (175151) | about a year and a half ago | (#41792247)

They respond favorably to holding, petting, etc. Hugging is too much as they are lightly built.

(I have backyard chickens.)

Hi (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41786903)

Very interesting,http://tusnoticiasdeactualidad.blogspot.com/

Failure (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41786949)

How many chicken were squeezed to death before he got the machine working?

Caution! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41787135)

... sending a taste over the internet with his 'digital lollypop' /quote>

Won't someone think of the children ... and the diabetics.

Poor nerds... (1)

WGFCrafty (1062506) | about a year and a half ago | (#41787405)

There unfortunately are a lot [slashdot.org] of lonely nerds who need a hug, even if there is no one there. Seems they just want an actual human to initiate the hugtastic ordeal.

This is wrong on so many levels (2)

jamrock (863246) | about a year and a half ago | (#41787617)

"Hug a chicken"? "Huggy pajamas"? "Digital lollipop"?

I've read some disturbing things on Slashdot, but this turns it up to eleven.

Waxing the Dolphin vie the Intertubes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41788411)

"Hugging a chicken" is code talk I've never heard before

Plagiarised? (2)

felixrising (1135205) | about a year and a half ago | (#41791547)

A friend, Dr Florian "Floyd" Mueller [rmit.net.au] of RMIT University here in Melbourne, Australia also published a paper on a project called "Hug over a distance" [lmgtfy.com] back in early 2005... The projects look surprisingly similar... Floyd heads up the Exertion Games Lab [exertiongameslab.org] which does a lot of similar "over a distance" [exertioninterfaces.com] Internet enabled interactions.

Re:Plagiarised? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41816803)

I found previous published papers of Adrian Cheok, actually he started the poultry internet around 2002 and the Huggy Pajama around 2003. Similar inventions and research often appear around the same time.

OK for Muuslims. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41799853)

According to the Ayatolla it is OK to fuck a chicken, provided that you dont then sell it in your village.

enhanced experience (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41799863)

This shoulf make cyber sex more fun.

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