Wednesday, November 30, 2005
eHugs, Yea right!
A friend sent this to me and I just had to post it. I like her comment, "Um hugs? When you think of what this will REALLY be used for (I mean its for use over the Internet), you really must wonder "why chickens?"
Think about it, pornography has been a staple of the Internet since its inception. According to TopTenREVIEWS, Internet porn generates $2.5 billion a year! So, what do you really think will be the first industry to make "good" use of a vibrating hug jacket? Of course, this is being developed in Singapore - "where Barney will go to retire" - so they have to make it have family appeal. And, yea, what's with the chickens? Why not start with cats, small dogs, normal household pets that you might actually hug.
Singapore scientists looking for ways to transmit the sense of touch over the Internet have devised a vibration jacket for chickens and are thinking about electronic children's pajamas for cyberspace hugs.
A wireless jacket for chickens or other pets can be controlled with a computer and gives the animal the feeling of being touched by its owner, researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) told The Straits Times.
The next step would be to use the same concept to transmit hugs over the Internet, it said.
"These days, parents go on a lot of business trips, but with children, hugging and touching are very important," the paper quoted NTU Associate Professor Adrian David Cheok as saying.
NTU is thinking of a pajama suit for children, which would use the Internet to adjust changes in pressure and temperature to simulate the feeling of being hugged. Parents wearing a similar suit could be "hugged" back by their children, the paper said.