jump to navigation

The Hug Shirt October 10, 2007

Posted by Melissa Quintanilha in innovative interfaces, remote communication, wearables.
trackback

hug-shirt.jpg

The Hug Shirt created by CuteCircuit is a shirt that allows people to send and receive the physical sensation of a hug over long distances. Embedded in the shirt are sensors that feel the hug’s strength, the skin’s warmth, and the heartbeat rate of the sender. Actuators re-create those sensations in the shirt of the distant loved one.

How does it work?The Hug Shirt is a Bluetooth accessory for Java enabled mobile phones. Hug shirts don’t have any assigned phone number, all the data goes from the sensors Bluetooth to your mobile phone and your mobile phone delivers the hug data to your friend’s phone and it is seamlessly transmitted Bluetooth to his or her shirt!
Sending hugs is as easy as sending an SMS and you will be able to send hugs while you are on the move, in the same way and to the same places you are able to make phone calls (Rome to Tokyo, New York to Paris).

The system is very simple: a Hug Shirt (Bluetooth with sensors and actuators), a Bluetooth java enabled mobile phone with the Hug Me java software running (it understands what the sensors are communicating), and on the other side another phone and another shirt. If you do not have a Hug Shirt but know that your friend has one you can still send them a hug creating it with the HugMe software and it will be delivered to your friend’s Hug Shirt!

When touching the red areas of the 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.

The hugs shirt is Bluetooth and works with mobile phones on any bandwidth (900 Mhz, 1800 Mhz and so on). Runs on rechargeable batteries.

Why the Hug Shirt?

Interfaces and systems must be intuitive, natural, and compatible with our emotional status. Combining emotion and technology should be part of every design process. An increasing mobility of humans throughout the globe, has brought loved ones to spend most of their time apart from each other. Humans need physical contact with each other. Technology should allow for a pleasant Human-Human Interaction.

Advertisements

Comments»

1. David - October 25, 2007

Hello there,

I love the idea of a hug shirt. But I can’t find any information about what exactly the shirt does to “hug” you. Does it tighten? What kind of actuators are in it? The Cutecircuit website mentions that it preserves the “pressure” of the hug. How can actuators in cloth exert force on the wearer without something behind them to push against? I’d be very curious to know.

I did one of my periodic searches on PID and I found your blog. Cool stuff – I write a similar one and will add you to my blogroll. Cheers!

2. hug shirt « The New Blog - November 23, 2007

[…] rate of the sender. Actuators re-create those sensations in the shirt of the distant loved one.  From Posted by naveensethia Filed in innovative interfaces, remote communication, […]

3. Cectesosepe - October 6, 2008

Hello! I can’t understand! I looking for a text about tasty food. What can I cook on my birthday? vpxl buybuy cheap if you have some information about this, I will be glad to read it 🙂 Thank you!

4. bbizbor - February 17, 2009

Я смотрю вас здесь уже заспамили

5. versiecov - March 26, 2009

Cheap cialis is taken orally and helps men suffering from erectile dysfunction achieve and maintain an erection vigara alternatives .. For viagra medication fast delivery Usa… Save your money buy cialis pill online.. Easy to get ed treatment pills online… Find out more about ed at the famouse vigra cheap usa site…

6. candicevof - March 27, 2009

Cialis is taken orally and helps men suffering from erectile dysfunction achieve and maintain an erection vaigra vs levitra . For levitra tablet fast delivery Europe.. Save your time buy ed treatment pill ! Fast to get cheap cialis pills online! Find out more about cheap viagra at the great vigara order online generic site.

7. Ezoteraa - April 2, 2009

Сейчас кроме нашей основной деятельности не стоит забывать о регулярной антикризисной медитации

8. neopromo - April 19, 2009

Кто когда спать ложится? Я раньше часу двух ночи не ложусь.

9. Кореш - May 7, 2009

А я вооще не сплю

10. dolly2010 - January 14, 2011

, : ,


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: