Skip to comments.Video: Japanese robotic torso allows you to hug yourself
Posted on 06/24/2011 5:53:49 PM PDT by gitmo
Sometimes it happens. Sometimes youre 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 theres 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. (Lets 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.
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.
Isn’t there already a flashlight version of this??? Just sayin’.
You sir, are evil. Funny, but evil.
The Japanese are very odd in many respects.
I read somewhere that Anthony Weiner’s new job is marketing these.
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”.
I might like this if, instead of hugging, it would scratch that spot on my back that I can’t reach.
From the nation that gave us Gigantor.
Now THERE’s a million dollar idea
Any $3.00 reaching tool will do that. You just have too much spendable income. The barry bastard administration will fix you tight up.
when are they coming out with the matching pants?
Question: How to end up with a million dollars.
Answer: Start with ten million dollars, and develop this as a product.
anyone who watched the video knows, they’re never going to get that thing away from that kid...
Is this a new line from Japanese Real Doll?
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).
Sense-Roid also senses when you need to apply more Preparation H.....and does it for you.
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.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.