Hug your loved ones even you are a million miles apart.
Hughug is a prototype of a remote hugging plush toy project that connects people physically and emotionally with their loved ones who are far away from each other through machine hugging. It could also be used as a companion robot. I used a Teddy Bear purchased toy store to prototype the project. The project aims at exploring a new way of human interaction and communication, and the relationship of physical interaction and emotional needs.
How it works
For Two Users: Each user owns one plush toy. After users download Hughug App and two toys are paired, two users need to hug their toys at the same time for their bears to hug back. (see interaction flow below)
For Single User: Pad the plush toy on the back and it will hug back.
People in long distance relationship/long distance parenting.
People who live alone and have emotional attachment to plush toys.