Japanese ingenuity again! Just think: no more charting the lovelorn websites, no more singles bar encounters. You can get a nice, decent, hug and then break clean with the new “Sense-Roid”, research team member Nobuhiro Takahashi presents. ” It looks like a tailor’s mannequin with silicon skin and is packed with pressure sensors. It is connected to a jacket worn by the human user that replicates the embrace with the help of air compressors.” The invisible man [or woman as needs be] gives ” [T]he illusion of a mutual hug with the half-humanoid is enhanced by artificial muscles and vibrating devices in the ‘tactile jacket’, say the inventors from the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo.
“Many people initially feel surprised and uncomfortable about the unusual experience, but they gradually get accustomed to it until they feel comfortable and pleasant,” say the inventors. And why not.
But can you hook it up to your iPod, I wonder?