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.


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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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:22 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Otaku so ronery T_T

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:21 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You think you're ronery? Few weeks back I paid a girl $10 to hug me for 5 minutes


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    Comment by kazaza2
    23:58 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    What part of you was she hugging and with what?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:47 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I lol'd seriously.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:36 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    second lol

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    Comment by Castian
    00:35 30/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    the trend of "free hugs"?
    here in Mexico in every comic/anime/videogame convention, exposition, or even just randomly on the street, every age,lolis included.
    maybe its just our culture, but huging and cheek kissing its a standart "hello, how are you?"
    again, lolis included.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:42 02/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Don't forget, in Japan, love is punished.

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    Comment by dMITIC
    05:00 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    in the lands of my people you greet with a kiss on the cheek or if its someone you dont know or a formal meeting then you use a hand shake

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    Comment by Crim
    03:02 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    In my country, you greet everyone with a hug and a kiss

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:47 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see whats wrong with hugging and kissing people that you know as an "Hello there!". Atleast in my country it is considered an insult to refuse or hug other people. And believe me all the lolis i kissed and hugged made me sick of them. Not because they were ugly... just because I had to get on my knees to reach their cheeks.

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    Comment by Elcachetondelpuro
    01:35 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah don't remember me about that ¬_¬u

    You know, people on the PRI also hugs & all instead of a simple hand salute

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    Comment by Red
    01:33 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stay where You are. I'm contacting local department...they will arrive at Your place shortly for a chat :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:04 29/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    i'd hug you for free

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    00:09 30/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I'd hug you, but I'd get arrested :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Calla mexicano puto, jajajajajaja botaron como a 8 de tu selección para la copa america porque ustedes son una sarta de pendejos, jajajajajajajajajaja....

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    Comment by Elcachetondelpuro
    01:34 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why don't you save & get full service, Butters?

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    Comment by Ruzgfpegk
    21:07 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Very affordable for such a rare feeling.
    In which country can you do that ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:59 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What? Is it illegal in your country to pay for a HUG? Is it considered prostitution or something!?

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    Comment by Ruzgfpegk
    07:05 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, but nobody in his right mind would talk to a random woman in the street to tell her "take my money and hug me", there must be some kind of culturally accepted hug traffic that we don't have in my country.

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    Comment by RaspberryKisses
    04:39 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'm lonely too and don't give a fuck about it. Living my life as i want to and spending my money on what it want to(usually figures and games)!

    Comment by Not a troll witch
    02:52 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    For some reason I can see Alice Margitriod demanding that Nitori make her one of these that looks like Marisa.

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    Comment by Twintail Tsundere
    18:34 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Dear Japan,

    Please incorperate this technology into dakimakuras.

    P.S. While you're at it, replace the zippers with Velcro.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:19 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i dont get it, why Velcro?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:00 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    so it won't nick the foreskin

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    19:01 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Just go to Eiffel Tower and get a free hug. There's also some french loli will offer a free hug too if you lucky enough.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:14 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Velcro dont scrape

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    Comment by Hide
    18:33 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    i think the real use for this tecnology is the capacity to send a hug far away... for example, you are talking with a relative or your girlfriend for internet, and with the jacket, you can send a real "Hug", or even a massage... this is not only for the confort of "Forever Alone's"

    Comment by Anonymous

    I don't want a creepy virtual hug from a person as much as I don't want a stupid virtual poke from them.

    Miyazaki is right, technology is destroying social interaction in everybody, not just creepy otaku. Keep masturbating on your ipad bro.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    19:01 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I liked Miyazaki before his creepy/snarky masturbation comment.. Can't erase that creepy comment even if he tried.

    Seriously? Using any stylus and motions is 'masturbatory'? Sounds like grandpa!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:06 29/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    just another old man thinking everything was better back in the days.
    nothing exceptional

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:55 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    oh."creepy/snarky masturbation comment"
    Where did it stated that

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    Comment by Imyou
    01:45 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It makes sense though if you don't think of it as an attack. People use their smartphones and handhelds to retreat and entertain themselves at the expense of interacting with others - like staying home and masturbating.

    I'm one of the worst offenders for always having a gadget in hand, but at least I see it for what it is. It's amazing how few people talk to each other today. Most are even afraid to say "hi" if they don't know you already.

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    Comment by Elcachetondelpuro
    01:41 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    He is the grandpa Abe of anime ;)

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    23:17 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 22:55 (Nice timing, lol)

    Correct me if I'm wrong; I believe he stated that towards iPad/cellphones users in one article in this site iirc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:21 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    who is this miyazaki that you are referring to?

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    22:11 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hayao Miyazaki. The father of classy anime movies like Ponyo, Laputa and Totoro. Revolutionary mangaka, animator and one of the owners of Studio Ghibli:

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    Comment by kazaza2
    23:55 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Now if only they can make it in various female sizes with the appropriate orifices and hook it up to a game platform or PC for erogaming it will be a sure hit!

    What a great add on controller!

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    Comment by Hayate
    08:27 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wii Boobs?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:31 01/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're working on it. I have no doubt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:21 03/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is an estonian robot mannequin which can do that. It's time for some international cooperation it seems.

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    Comment by Diemeow23
    18:14 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Ah...done with the torso, now for the rest of the body! Does this come in loli size? Just asking X3

    Just hope there isn't a sudden surge of electricity, unless someone wants a realistic portrayal of an actual bear hug.

    Spine go Bweak!

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    20:54 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I demand a loli mannequin that can make you feel like you're getting leg scissors from her :3

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    Comment by Elcachetondelpuro
    01:36 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can actually foresee some commercial viability on that...

    Comment by Not a troll witch
    02:47 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Someone probably will make one sooner or later.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:53 29/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    This anon likes the thought of Loli Size hugging machine.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    19:23 29/06/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    I'm not one to think that all 2D loli lovers are pedos, but when you start wanting a little girl sized 3D doll thing to hug you, I'd say that you're a pedo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:34 29/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    And have you ever thought about why pedophilia is viewed as something bad? Because it affect real children. Any other reason is moralist hate speech.

    If someone wants an electronic child sized torso to mess with, let them, ffs!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:03 29/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    it's not like they can do anything about liking children. all they can do is keep their urges under control, which certainly isn't easy as far as i can imagine.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:52 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Clearly we should ban loli hentai, child sized mannequins and autistic children. Ban them all, yeah, that'll fix the problem.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:43 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    read Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov for a general idea of how pedo may suffer. Ok it's a novel, fiction.
    Say it fetish, say it choice. It's reality.
    Now, what you can do? Accept it, help them if you they need help, anything.
    Just don't question free speech.

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    Comment by Elcachetondelpuro
    01:39 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why to "ban" autistic children, Anon 22:52? Ah yeah... they don't tell O_o remember me about that when I had to write that essay about victims of sex crime

    Comment by Anonymous


    "Now, what you can do?"

    Simple. Kill all the kiddyfuckers. Gas their sick asses to hell.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:09 29/06/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    First: "It's drawing, it's not real! It's okay FFS!"

    Then: "It's a child-sized mannequin, at least it's not breathing! It's okay, FFS!"

    Finally: "It's an autistic child, she's not complaining! It's okay, FFS!"

    Good job, pedos.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:50 29/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    doll =/= real

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:57 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Finally internet rape

    Comment by คภєк๏
    20:56 29/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Because hugging is dirty? You must have had a lonely childhood.

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    Comment by Renzo
    21:15 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Again with moralist.It's a robo and you said it's 3D doll thing little girl,

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