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In collaboration with Andy Payne and Phil Seaton, MIT student Melissa Kitchow created a social media-connected vest which allows a hug to be granted over Facebook.
The project page says that being connected through our garments allows "us to feel the warmth, encouragement, support, or love that we feel when we receive hugs," -- taking things further from simply 'liking' a status.
When a user's photo, video or status is 'liked' by a friend, the vest inflates to mimic the feeling of a hug. In addition, if you squeeze and deflate the vest, the original sender can receive a hug in return.
Via: Melissa Kitchow
RISR: Correcting your body language
Our levels of social interaction and eye contact may have changed due to mobile technology, but for those who are shy or have trouble maintaining the correct posture in the business world, a web of sensors may be able to help.
Called RISR, a web of sensors which is connected to a smartphone scans your target -- perhaps your boss or a potential customer -- and vibrates in order to tell the wearer how best to correct their body language in return.
The idea of 'mirroring' targets is well-known in body language studies. If you 'mirror' your target's posture, the idea is that they will be more open to what you have to say. For example, RISR will remind you to face your target if they are facing you, or shift your shoulders if they do the same.
Tracking your students
Wearable technology isn't always necessary a plus. Some schools, including the John Jay High School have implemented badges that contain RFID tracking chips -- so a school is always able to know where they are.
Some argue that the chips are useful in cutting down the rates of students skipping school, whereas critics believe that such "smart IDs" are an invasion of privacy.
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