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Video: Japanese robotic torso allows you to hug yourself
Smart Planet ^ | June 23, 2011 | Laura Shin

Posted on 06/24/2011 5:53:49 PM PDT by gitmo

Sometimes it happens. Sometimes you’re having one of those days where you just need a hug, but none of your loved ones is around to give you one.

Well, now there’s something you can do about that.

The new Japanese Sense-Roid jacket allows you hug yourself. Yes, you read that right. You can hug yourself. (Let’s leave aside the question of whether this would make you feel better … or worse.)

In order to use Sense-Roid, you put on a jacket that contains 36 pager motors that can vibrate and several air compressors. The jacket is connected by wire to a headless torso that sits on a stick.

To get your self-hug, you walk up to the headless torso and begin hugging and stroking it. The torso, which is outfitted with pressure sensors, observes the pressure and placement of your hug and strokes and sends a signal to your jacket to re-create the same sensations back to you through the jacket.

The pager motors vibrate to replicate your strokes, and the air compressors inflate the jacket to squeeze your torso, reproducing the feeling of pressure.

The researchers say Sense-Roid could be used in medical therapy, but currently, there are no plans to produce it commercially.

You can see how Sense-Roid, produced by the Kajimoto Laboratory at the University of Electro-Communications, works in the video below. Just to warn you, this video is odd, disturbing, sad … and yet, mesmerizing.

VIDEO HERE


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: robot; technology; weird
This will probably be illegal in my state.

Actually, this might be perfect for autistic people. It reminds me of the machine Temple Grandin made. My younger son likes to get between his boxsprings and his mattress.


1 posted on 06/24/2011 5:53:55 PM PDT by gitmo
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To: gitmo

Isn’t there already a flashlight version of this??? Just sayin’.


2 posted on 06/24/2011 5:56:04 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: King Moonracer

You sir, are evil. Funny, but evil.


3 posted on 06/24/2011 5:57:50 PM PDT by Ronin ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves" -- Bertrand de Jouve)
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To: gitmo

The Japanese are very odd in many respects.


4 posted on 06/24/2011 5:57:59 PM PDT by RacerX1128
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To: King Moonracer

I read somewhere that Anthony Weiner’s new job is marketing these.


5 posted on 06/24/2011 5:58:01 PM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: gitmo

I have a long article from the LA Slimes that reported that Japan, bought and asked for robot engineers from Irobot/USRobotics and US Navy to build robots that could head into the radioactive reactors.

Then one of the American engineers from MIT asked how come Japan could come up with these “robots” who blink, talk and hug yet they couldn’t come up with anything that could go into the reactors. You know...”robots which saves lives”.

One of the translators actually said “because Japan likes building gimmicky stuff”.


6 posted on 06/24/2011 6:01:02 PM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: Baynative

LOL


7 posted on 06/24/2011 6:02:59 PM PDT by gitmo (Hatred of those who think differently is the left's unifying principle.-Ralph Peters NY Post)
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To: gitmo

I might like this if, instead of hugging, it would scratch that spot on my back that I can’t reach.


8 posted on 06/24/2011 6:03:11 PM PDT by Ol' Sox
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To: gitmo

From the nation that gave us Gigantor.


9 posted on 06/24/2011 6:04:24 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Ol' Sox

Now THERE’s a million dollar idea


10 posted on 06/24/2011 6:06:00 PM PDT by Mr. K (CAPSLOCK! -Unleash the fury! [Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket])
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To: Ol' Sox

Any $3.00 reaching tool will do that. You just have too much spendable income. The barry bastard administration will fix you tight up.


11 posted on 06/24/2011 6:06:05 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: gitmo

when are they coming out with the matching pants?


12 posted on 06/24/2011 6:12:24 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: RacerX1128
There's an epi of The Big Bang Theory. A mother visits, and is quite clinical. Son, explaining that he had to build a hug machine when he was a kid. "And the really sad part is that my father used it too."
13 posted on 06/24/2011 6:12:51 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: gitmo

14 posted on 06/24/2011 6:12:58 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: gitmo

Question: How to end up with a million dollars.

Answer: Start with ten million dollars, and develop this as a product.


15 posted on 06/24/2011 6:50:34 PM PDT by OldCountryBoy
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To: gitmo

anyone who watched the video knows, they’re never going to get that thing away from that kid...


16 posted on 06/24/2011 6:51:07 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: bigbob

Is this a new line from Japanese Real Doll?


17 posted on 06/24/2011 7:06:48 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: gitmo

I see more stupid and useless inventions coming out of Japan than anywhere else on earth.

No wonder their economy is in gutter with all the R&D wasted on this type of nonsense (again).


18 posted on 06/24/2011 7:28:06 PM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: gitmo

Sense-Roid also senses when you need to apply more Preparation H.....and does it for you.


19 posted on 06/24/2011 7:44:34 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: gitmo

The one and only Hug-a-Robot! By Marx! (16 “D” cells not included. Some assembly required.)

Nothing beats a good snuggle with a cat or with Man’s Best Friend when no human seems to want you.


20 posted on 06/24/2011 8:21:54 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: gitmo

This is like “virtual dating”. At a time that the population is declining. Sad.


21 posted on 06/24/2011 8:38:59 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (We are not governed. We are occupied.)
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To: Baynative

If by ‘marketing’ you mean being the test pilot for them, then yes.

I heard he’s trying out the latest version that has hands to hold your phone, open your fly and take a shot of your crotch for you.


22 posted on 06/24/2011 8:39:51 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: gitmo

Wow. I wonder if the users scream their own name... ;-)


23 posted on 06/24/2011 8:59:13 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: gitmo
Next thing, they'll make a machine so you can kiss yourself.

Then they'll make a machine so you can f....

24 posted on 06/24/2011 9:03:46 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Lazamataz
"...a headless torso that sits on a stick.

Laz...would you?

25 posted on 06/24/2011 9:50:01 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Grizzled Bear

HEADLINE: Lonely man hugged to death by headless person.


26 posted on 06/25/2011 10:55:00 AM PDT by Datom
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To: ArrogantBustard

“Then they’ll make a machine so you can f....”

LOL! No doubt, Bwaney Fwank is at the head of the line...

...with a rolling pin shoved up his....


27 posted on 06/25/2011 1:33:28 PM PDT by Levante
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To: gitmo

And then down the road they’ll have the anatomically-correct male robot, so you can...you know what you’ll be able to do to yourself with that one, right?


28 posted on 06/25/2011 1:36:38 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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