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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:08 am    Post subject: Like-a-Hug Reply with quote

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Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a vest that lets Facebook users hug each other, from any distance.

The fashionable technology, dubbed Like-A-Hug vest, is being touted as "wearable social media" – it inflates to embrace wearers whenever Facebook friends "Like" items they post on the network, according to the website of designer Melissa Chow.

She worked with Andy Payne and Phil Seaton at the MIT Media Lab to build the puffy black vests, which, according to Chow's website, allows the wearer to "feel the warmth, encouragement, support, or love that we feel when we receive hugs."

You can return the favor simply by squeezing the vest and deflating it, therefore sending a hug right back to the original sender.

As Digital Trends pointed out, Chow's blow-up vest is not the first product to integrate technology with artificial contact. In April, robot enthusiast Hiroshi Ishiguro unveiled a body pillow designed to add physical sensation to phone calls.

The Hugvie user slips their smartphone into a pocket on the pillow, allowing vibrators inside of the padding to simulate a heartbeat, DT said, based on the tone and volume of the person on the other end of the line.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2410670,00.asp

Looks pretty ridiculous.

What is it with East Asian culture that makes these people think ideas like this are somehow useful or desirable? It can't be genetic, because the ones born here don't come up with shit like this. They have some of the highest population densities on the planet, and they're coming up with creepy ways for people to touch each other virtually, like they don't get enough bodily contact just on the way to work.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about the "Like a wank" and "like a prosthetic fist up the bottom". I think the marketing for the sex aids industry has been cruelly overlooked.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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How about the "Like a wank" and "like a prosthetic fist up the bottom". I think the marketing for the sex aids industry has been cruelly overlooked.

Google teledildonics.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you consider timewave theory of time as fractal which is speeding up and adding more and more complexity and novelty, towards singularity, it could be that we are using technology to transcend time and space, and will end up as a quivering bubble of interconnectedness sharing our thoughts and emotions in realtime, releasing massive amounts of DMT and achieving singularity and transcending into hyperspace.

Either that, or nuclear war with Iran. :lol:
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still waiting on the BJ version of this tech.

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If you consider timewave theory of time as fractal which is speeding up and adding more and more complexity and novelty, towards singularity, it could be that we are using technology to transcend time and space, and will end up as a quivering bubble of interconnectedness sharing our thoughts and emotions in realtime, releasing massive amounts of DMT and achieving singularity and transcending into hyperspace.

Either that, or nuclear war with Iran. :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

/checks the url. Not from Onion.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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We lost a guru 12 years ago.

Are you suggesting that D Adams was using some form of "teledildonics" when he pegged it? No wonder both he and Stephen Fry love Macs. I may have to visit the gym he had his heart attack in if this is true.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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We lost a guru 12 years ago.

Are you suggesting that D Adams was using some form of "teledildonics" when he pegged it? No wonder both he and Stephen Fry love Macs. I may have to visit the gym he had his heart attack in if this is true.


Um, no. You didn't get the reference ;)
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prenj wrote:
If you consider timewave theory of time as fractal which is speeding up and adding more and more complexity and novelty, towards singularity, it could be that we are using technology to transcend time and space, and will end up as a quivering bubble of interconnectedness sharing our thoughts and emotions in realtime, releasing massive amounts of DMT and achieving singularity and transcending into hyperspace.

Either that, or nuclear war with Iran. :lol:

:lol:

The next of human evolution: the TwitterGasm. :lol:

Oh my god, I think I just coined a new word.

Edit: <checks> Nope, not even close. :lol:
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What if they came up with a device that could transmit smell over the Internet?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What if they came up with a device that could transmit smell over the Internet?

It's been done. They had big plans for it's use in marketing. Too complicated and costly.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What if they came up with a device that could transmit smell over the Internet?


Back in the days, maybe late 80's or early 90's I read that someone was trying to invent, or invented a machine that could emit smells, and was thinking about using it in movie theaters.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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notageek wrote:
What if they came up with a device that could transmit smell over the Internet?


Back in the days, maybe late 80's or early 90's I read that someone was trying to invent, or invented a machine that could emit smells, and was thinking about using it in movie theaters.

Probably about eight years ago or so, I saw an article showing a prototype scent-generator intended to be placed on internet-connected machines. I thought "fail", and haven't heard about it since.

I've also read discussion about such a "flavor generator". Those have actually found use in food research & development.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a) Facebook needs a dislike button
b) that vest needs a builtin cattle prod (1 million Volt)
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BoneKracker wrote:
Prenj wrote:
notageek wrote:
What if they came up with a device that could transmit smell over the Internet?


Back in the days, maybe late 80's or early 90's I read that someone was trying to invent, or invented a machine that could emit smells, and was thinking about using it in movie theaters.

Probably about eight years ago or so, I saw an article showing a prototype scent-generator intended to be placed on internet-connected machines. I thought "fail", and haven't heard about it since.

I've also read discussion about such a "flavor generator". Those have actually found use in food research & development.

I believe John Waters (who else?) once issued a scratch 'n sniff card to moviegoers at selected showings of one of his films.

Yup, it was [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyester_(film)]Polyester[/url] and he called it "Odorama"

Dunno why that link doesn't work.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could make one of those for porn movies, and it would only need about four smells.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BoneKracker wrote:
You could make one of those for porn movies, and it would only need about four smells.


tuna
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bad breath
cheesy feet
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Academy Award.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

energyman76b wrote:
a) Facebook needs a dislike button
b) that vest needs a builtin cattle prod (1 million Volt)


You, sir, are a genius!
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