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Jacket gives you a hug when 'liked' on Facebook

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In need of a hug?  If you can't have the real thing, would a virtual hug do?

A student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology has designed a jacket that inflates when someone clicks on the "Like" button on your Facebook posts.

The "Like-A-Hug" jacket, developed by Melissa Chow in collaboration with MIT colleagues Andy Payne and Phil Seaton, has air pockets which responds to signals sent by the wearer's mobile phone.

Chow told The Telegraph that idea for the jacket came up over conversation about the limitations of long-distance relationships.
She said the jacket, "allows us to feel the warmth, encouragement, support, or love that we feel when we receive hugs."

Not only can the wearer get an impromptu cuddle, but the favor can be returned to the sender when the wearer squeezes the vest to deflate it.

With Facebook now boasting over a billion members, just imagine all the virtual hugs one could receive.

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