June 12, 2007
The US Army is interested in The Hug Shirt
What looked at first as a concept study back in 2004 on Wearable Electronics turned out to hit the sweet spot in the consumer base.
How does it work?
When touching the red areas on your Hug Shirt your mobile phone receives the sensors data via Bluetooth (hug pressure, skin temperature, heartbeat rate, time you are hugging for, etc) and then delivers it to the other person which wears a Hug Shirt as well.
The military sees the usefulness in the Hug Shirt by allowing their soldiers to exchange hugs with their loved ones far away at home. This can help to improve the moral of the troops.
Donít worry that anyone can send you hugs, The Hug shirts donít have any assigned phone number, all the data goes from the sensors Bluetooth to your mobile phone and your mobile phone delivers the hug data to your friendís phone which is then transmitted via his/her Bluetooth enable phone to his or her shirt! So you both need such a shirt to exchange hugs.
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