Although technology and social media platforms allow us to keep in touch with loved ones, form new friendships and stimulate other social interactions, there are experiences that are lacking that the Sense-Roid jacket hopes to make up for. This tech-ridden piece of clothing simulates such loving actions as hugs.
The world is currently suffering from "chronic intermittent huglessness," and the Sense-Roid jacket may help alleviate this lonely epidemic. Developed by researchers at the University of Electro-Communications in Japan, the Sense-Roid jacket is equipped with pneumatic "muscles" to simulate the pressure and sensations of a hug. It also can simulate strokes or even a petting motion.
Implications - As much as society relies on such tools as cellphones, laptops and social media platforms to maintain or strike up relationships of all kinds, the Sense-Roid jacket shows that more is needed. People crave the intimacy of touch, which developers and designers will have to start incorporating into devices.