Hugs by remote control

New invention simulates a mother's hug

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A new invention allows parents to give their child a hug – regardless of the physical distance between them.

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The’ T.jacket’ gives children a squeeze when they need one: sensors inside the jacket alert parents when the child feels frustration. Then parents use an app on their smartphone to generate pockets of air in the jacket, giving the frustrated child the sense of being hugged. 

The jacket’s inventor, James Teh, believes the invention may benefit autistic children. He told Scientific American: “We have seen situations where they give themselves the pressure, and this is highly encouraging, because it means they are being independent and taking care of themselves.”

The jacket is due to go on sale this Autumn.

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