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Lonely? Go hug that robot

Published Jun 24, 2011


Tokyo: Japanese inventors have pushed the frontiers of technology with the ultimate companion for lonely singles – a wired torso-shaped device that you can hug and that hugs you back. The “Sense-Roid” 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 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. –

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