The Hug Shirt is a shirt that makes people send hugs over distance!
The HugShirt was invented by Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz the
co-founders of CuteCircuit, the London based award-winning design
company. Embedded in the shirt there are sensors that feel the strength
of the touch, the skin warmth and the heartbeat rate of the sender and
actuators that recreate the sensation of touch, warmth and emotion of
the hug to the shirt of the distant loved one.
The Hug Shirt has been awarded as one of the Best Inventions of the Year 2006 by Time Magazine.
The Hug Shirt is a Bluetooth accessory for Java enabled mobile
phones. Hug Shirts don’t have any assigned phone number, all the data
goes from the sensors Bluetooth to your mobile phone and your mobile
phone delivers the hug data to your friend’s phone and it is seamlessly
transmitted Bluetooth to his or her shirt!
Sending hugs is as easy as sending an SMS and you will be able to
send hugs while you are on the move, in the same way and to the same
places you are able to make phone calls (Rome to Tokyo, New York to
The system is very simple: a Hug Shirt (Bluetooth with sensors and
actuators), a Bluetooth java enabled mobile phone with the HugMe java
software running (it understands what the sensors are communicating),
and on the other side another phone and another shirt. If you do not
have a Hug Shirt but know that your friend has one you can still send
them a hug creating it with the HugMe software and it will be
delivered to your friend’s Hug Shirt!