Most people will tell you that technology creates a social distance between people. We are stuck in our digital worlds so much we ignore all the people around us. Well this is perhaps true. But technology also allows people to stay in touch through ways they never could before. F+ R Hugs is a good example. Through a mobile network this shirt receives the input of heart beat, touch and body temperature from a long distanced loved one, sending it back to recreate the sensation of a hug.
How crazy is this? Hugs, from a shirt that is supposed to mimic someone else’s hugs. Sensors in the shirt find the vital spots that are touched in hugs and make it feel as if the person you love is right there, embracing you. How often does technology break the physical boudnary like this? I’d be interested in seeing more examples.