The Hug Shirt

 - Oct 23, 2007
References: cutecircuit
Now you can send your lover a virtual squeeze with the Hug Shirt! The long-sleeved apparel is controlled via text message, allowing couples separated by distance to virtually embrace one another through sensors in the fabric.

Did your boyfriend get sent to the other side of the country on business for a few weeks? Is your girlfriend jetting around the globe, sending you texts on how she took your hugs for granted before she left?

For $300, you can end your lover a hug via SMS, and actually be able to FEEL the squeeze. The "technology pads" are placed in several places on the Hug Shirt that send off a squeeze of pressure just the way you'd feel if you were really being embraced.

"When touching the red areas on your Hug Shirt your mobile phone receives the sensors data via Bluetooth (hug pressure, skin temperature, heartbeat rate, time you are hugging for, etc) and then delivers it to the other person," CuteCircuit explained.

Each person has their own t-shirt and their own phone which work together. If only you have a Hug Shirt, other can still virtually wrap their arms around you, all they have to do is customize the squeeze with HugMe software, then beam the squeeze via text.

And yes, it can be washed; the tech pads are removable, so you won't be forced to wear the same grubby shirt day and night for fear of missing a love burst. They shirts are available in a range of colours too, so all you have to do is move the sensor pads from one to the next when you want to switch up your style.

You'll be able to stay close while apart, and feel each other's squeezes. Nothing beats the intimacy of a real big bear hug though. For your reunion, surprise your partner by picking up some of the amour apparel we featured yesterday.

The sweaters and jeans for couples have strategically positioned pockets to make hugging your lover a lot easier: