art LikeAHug 620x349 Finally, a device that lets you hug people over the internet!

Looking for a gift for someone you really care for, but don't see in the flesh that much? This new piece of kit might be what you're after.

Looking for a gift for someone you really care for, but don't see in the flesh that much? This new piece of kit might be what you're after.

The Like-A-Hug vest, developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, allows Facebook users to hug one another no matter how far apart they are.
 
art LikeAHug 620x349 Finally, a device that lets you hug people over the internet!
 
A Like-A-Hug vest on display at the website of designer Melissa Kit Chow has been touted as "wearable social media" that inflates to embrace wearers whenever Facebook friends "Like" items they post at the social network.
 
Chow worked with Andy Payne and Phil Seaton in the MIT Media Lab to create the puffy black vests, according to her website.
 
Like-A-Hug lets hugs "be given via Facebook, bringing us closer together despite physical distance," Chow said in a post describing the vest.
 
Want to hug back? No problem! Provided the sender is also wearing a Like-A-Hug, the recipient can return a hug by squeezing their own vest to deflate it.
 
Chow described herself as a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design who subtly skews everyday interactions with the environment for "a reawakening of a sensorial spacial experience."