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The wonders of Japanese ingenuity in the field of robotics once again do not fail to impress – this time with a machine for simulating hugging by use of haptic feedback, dubbed “Sense-Roid,” which also allows the user to hug themselves in real-time by embracing a mannequin.

The demonstration video supplies all the information anyone could want about this marvel of the modern age:

In this case the demonstration involves groping a mannequin which then mirrors the sensation into the haptic vest, but much of the technology’s purported utility comes from it being possible to deliver virtual hugs or possibly even massages.

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Some have speculated about the potential of the device for use in virtual dating and adult gaming, but it seems likely most players will have rather more penetrating concerns in this area.


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