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October 9 2012

Why like someone on Facebook when you can hug them


Designers have come up with a jacket that actively gives you a cuddle when someone says they like you on the social network site.

The "Like-A-Hug" jacket inflates when someone clicks on the "Like" button putting a little more reality into virtual reality.

Designed by MIT student Melissa Chow, who said it "allows us to feel the warmth, encouragement, support, or love that we feel when we receive hugs".

Hugs can also be sent back to the original sender by squeezing the vest and deflating it.

Miss Chow said: "We came up with the concept over a casual conversation about long-distance relationships and the limitations of video chat interfaces like Skype.

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