Feeling lonely in the colder months and need some comfort? Wish Facebook was creepier than ever? All your dreams come true with the Like-A-Hug vest.
Developed at an MIT Media Lab in 2011 by Melissa Chow, Andy Payne and Phil Seaton, the vest hooks up to the wearer's Facebok account and inflates every time a status update, photo or video receives a “like” on the service. Picture an inflatable life jacket that you wear around randomly inflating throughout the day–that's the Like-A-Hug.
Detailed on Chow's blog, she says the idea came up “over a casual conversation about long-distance relationships and the limitations of video chat interfaces like Skype.” They then decided to use Facebook to see how social media could integrate beyond a computer screen. Below you can see a visual composite of how it would look along with a video Chow made.
[via the Guardian]