Thursday, December 15, 2005

Cyberspace Hugs

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore scientists looking for ways to transmit the sense of touch over the Internet have devised a vibration jacket for chickens and are thinking about electronic children's pyjamas for cyberspace hugs.

A wireless jacket for chickens or other pets can be controlled with a computer and gives the animal the feeling of being touched by its owner, researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) told Monday's edition of The Straits Times.

The next step would be to use the same concept to transmit hugs over the Internet, it said.

"These days, parents go on a lot of business trips, but with children, hugging and touching are very important," the paper quoted NTU Associate Professor Adrian David Cheok as saying.

NTU is thinking of a pyjama suit for children, which would use the Internet to adjust changes in pressure and temperature to simulate the feeling of being hugged. Parents wearing a similar suit could be "hugged" back by their children, the paper said.

Now I am 100% sure that if this invention comes to life, it will be used for much naughtier things than ordinary hugs for pets and kids.

1 comment:

Anastasia said...

This reminds me of a French film I saw about a male who suffers from agoraphobia. The film is set in the future, and it features him (you never see his face, just hear his voice) interacting with everyone via computer and there's a scene where he meets this girl online, and he gets her to buy a cyber sex suit (lol).

This film came out a couple of years ago, so the japanese are pretty much 'behind' in that regard, idea wise anyway.

But I wouldn't be surprised with the development of these suits, already there are sex toys that are supposed to operate online too.