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MIT researchers create computerized jacket that ‘hugs’ you after Facebook ‘likes’

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:38PM EST

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The engineering minds at MIT have concocted a new invention that will bring warm feelings to lonely Internet nerds. The Atlantic has discovered a new computerized jacket called Like-a-Hug developed by researchers at MIT and designed to replicate a hugging sensation by gently inflating whenever someone “likes” something you’ve posted on Facebook (FB). Like-a-Hug engineer Melissa Chow describes the jacket as a “wearable social media vest” whose goal is “bringing us closer despite physical distance.” Hopefully no one will give this jacket to Star Trek and Facebook legend George Takei as a gift since it would suffocate him within 20 minutes.


Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.