23 Jun '11, 10pm

DTN Singapore: Japan's 'Sense-Roid' replicates human hug: TOKYO - JAPANESE inventors have pushed the frontiers o...

A student at the University of Electro-Communications demonstrates the use of 'Sense-roid' at the annual Virtual Reality Expo in Tokyo. -- PHOTO: AFP TOKYO - JAPANESE inventors have pushed the frontiers of technology with the ultimate companion for lonely singles - a wired torso-shaped device that you can hug and that hugs you back. The 'Sense-Roid' looks like a tailor's mannequin with silicon skin and is packed with pressure sensors. It is connected to a jacket worn by the human user that replicates the embrace with the help of air compressors. The illusion of a mutual hug with the half-humanoid is enhanced by artificial muscles and vibrating devices in the 'tactile jacket', say the inventors from the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo. 'Many people initially feel surprised and uncomfortable about the unusual experience, but they gradually get accustomed to it ...

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