Around half year ago we have posted about the Hug Shirt, a concept created by the fabulous team of Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, the founders of CuteCircuit, have taken on the challenge to bring this great idea to reality.
Much has been written and said about the Hug Shirt but it seems this, once seen as ‘just a concept’ idea, is reaching the next level, being a product that consumers can buy.
So what exactly is it? The Hug Shirt is basically a Bluetooth accessory, according to CuteCircuit, that works together with Java enabled cellphones.
Sensors integrated into the Hug Shirt register your hug and sends the intensity and position of your hug via Bluetooth to your cellphone running the Hug Me java software which in turn sends this data as simple SMS to the special someone you want to hug right now even if this special someone is thousand of miles away from you.
What’s more, you can send hugs without having the Hug Shirt on your body. The Hug Me java software on your cellphone offers you the area(s) and intensity of the hug you want to send and your special someone will feel that you are thinking right now about her/him. Of course, at least the receiver needs a Hug Shirt otherwise there is no point in sending your hugs.
A cute idea the Hug Shirt from CuteCircuit.
Oh yes, let’s go to the practical part just in case you wonder: the Hug Shirt is washable, just remove the sensor pads that are designed to be taken off for just this case – for washing.
Why I am so exited about the Hug Shirt? According our source www.chip.de the Hug Shirt should be available in US in time for the gift giving season to give your loved ones a hug when you have to be far away on a trip. Available first in US only, it will cost around $ 300.-
As soon as we can track down a shop or address from where to get the Hug Shirt we will beam it up on our blog here, so stay tuned.
[source: chip.de] (German site)