Friday, December 02, 2005

Internet: Cyberhugs are on the way

Thanks to scientists in Singapore, we may soon be able to transmit hugs across the Internet. They have devised a vibration jacket for chickens and are now looking at developing electronic children's pyjamas for cyberspace hugs.

Apparently putting such a jacket on a chicken, or indeed any pet, gives the animal the feeling of being touched by their owners. A child's pyjama suit would use the Internet to adjust changes in pressure and temperature to simulate the feeling of being hugged. Parents wearing a similar suit could be hugged back.