Calling all needy people!

Are you the kind of person who constantly needs to be reassured?
Are you lonely?
Could you do with more hugs in your life?
Are you willing to look like a bit of a bellend to get those hugs?
Are you prepared to make do with a vaguely creepy constriction from a garment in place of an actual hug?

Oh great, well in that case you will just love the Like-A-Hug vest from MIT student Melissa Kit Chow. The Like-A-Hug vest is a self-inflating (and self-indulgent) garment which the user can connect to their Facebook profile. For those who aren’t happy with their ego being digitally boosted by the traditional Facebook ‘Like’, you can hook yourself up to your profile so that every ‘Like’ is translated into a weird ‘could almost pass for a hug’ squeeze from the jacket.Chow explains the thought process on her website – “The vest inflates when friends ‘Like’ a photo, video, or status update on the wearer’s wall, thereby allowing us to feel the warmth, encouragement, support, or love that we feel when we receive hugs.”

While I’m sure the technology behind this concept is pretty amazing and innovative, I can’t help but feel that the kind of person who would actually want to wear this would be some kind of seriously sad bastard with stalkerish tendencies.

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