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Now You can Send a Hug, Literally, through the Internet

I thought it was cool when I could video chat with family on my computer.  Now apparently there is a new invention where you could actually hug your loved one through the internet.

Scott Barbour/ALLSPORT

Two Japanese scientists claim they’ve developed the human touch that has been missing from online communications: the cyberhug. Their prototype’s called “iFeel_IM!,” meaning “I feel therefore I am.”

When the machine is attached to a computer, a series of sensors can mimic several types of heartbeats, tingling down the spine, and the sensation of having butterflies in one’s stomach.

(via No Need for the Human Touch: Scientists Develop “Cyberhug” – Techland – TIME.com.)

So what do you think?  Do you think you would strap on a machine and hook it up to your computer just so you could get a hug from a loved one many miles away?

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