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Virtual Embracing Clothing

Facebook Helps Share the Love with a Like-a-Hug Inflatable Vest

— October 4, 2012 — Unique
In a world where most people hide behind the computer screen and technology is moving at lightning speed, the Like-a-Hug inflatable vest will spontaneously remind you of what it feels like to be embraced by a friend, even if it's all virtual.

This poofy garment will probably remind you of the French movie 'Thomas in Love.' The movie explores the life of an agoraphobic named Thomas who craves human interaction, but is afraid of the external world and thus, locks himself up in his own apartment.

Created by Melissa Chow, Andy Payne and Phil Seaton from MIT, the Like-a-Hug inflatable vest connects directly to your Facebook account so every time 'likes' your status, the vest automatically puffs up as a notification. And what is interaction if the other side doesn't reciprocate? An added feature to the vest allows you to hug back the person who 'liked' you, provided that they are also wearing the vest.
Trend Themes
1. Virtual Embracing Clothing - The trend of creating interactive clothing that enhances virtual experiences presents opportunities for product innovation and partnerships with social media platforms.
2. Wearable Notifications - The emergence of wearable technology that enables tactile notifications has the potential to disrupt traditional social media engagement and communication methods.
3. Virtual Reality Socialization - The integration of virtual reality and social media platforms to create immersive social experiences opens up new opportunities for innovation in technology and entertainment.
Industry Implications
1. Fashion - Interactive and functional clothing technologies can transform the traditional fashion industry and create new partnerships and revenue streams.
2. Social Media - Social media platforms can leverage wearable technology to enhance user engagement and offer innovative features that differentiate them from competitors.
3. Virtual Reality - The integration of social media with virtual reality presents disruptive opportunities for the entertainment and communication industries.
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