Scientific studies have shown that hugs really have the power to make humans feel better. But at one point in your life, you probably wanted one but then there was no one around to give it to you. Some students at Tsukuba University have developed a new machine that can give you hugs whenever you want one.
Called the Raiju Coat (Fulfillment Coat), the machine simulates the feeling when a girlfriend hugs the guy around the waist from behind. Well, at least that’s what these students were trying to achieve with just two robotic pincers and a pre-recorded voice to complete the hugging experience. The jacket has motors attached to its back to operate the “arms”, which are controlled through a computer using a USB connection. The wearer of the jacket has to put on headphones to hear the recorded sound of footsteps running from behind, and a voice then says these pre-recorded sentences “I’m sorry, were you waiting?”; “Watch your back!” (in a cute way); “Guess who?”; and “Blind side!” and then followed by the robotic hug. If it wasn’t obvious that his contraption was created by guys, the use of Yu Shimotsuki, a voice over artist popular for her work in “adult-themed” games, as the “girlfriend” will confirm that this is probably a single gamer’s fantasy.
Also known as “The Girlfriend Coat”, there are no plans to commercially release at this time. The guys in the lab will just probably pass it around, depending on who feels the loneliest that day. But if they do decide to sell these, want to bet there will be a lot of happier people around?
[ via IT Wire ]
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