Yan's Corner - In Touch

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Cyber Hugs

Reuters reports from Singapore -

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 pyjamas 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 Monday's edition of 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 pyjama 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.

Incidentally, this article by Johann Christoph Arnold was in my mailbox today. Quote -

Recently this headline caught my attention: “A LOW-COST LAPTOP FOR EVERY CHILD - Effort to link world’s rural poor to Internet with $100 computers gets boost from U.N.”

Over the years, my wife and I have traveled to more than two dozen Third World countries and have seen children struggling with unbelievable obstacles—hunger, disease, and countless other ills. Amazingly, these children were happy with the little they had. Certainly they needed help—but not low-cost laptops, as trumpeted by the headline I referred to above. That would be like giving stones to someone asking for bread. These children needed food, medicine, and—most of all—the love of God.

Read the article here.

Cyber hugs or a real hug? Christopher and Rachel want real hugs!

3 comment(s):

If they cyberize hugs today, they'll be cyberizing kisses, holding hands, and what-have-you in the future. Me, I go with Rachel and Christopher; I want real hugs. They could cyberize non-emotional stuffs (eg money, books...) but not the things that come with emotions. (Cyber Emotions next?)

By Blogger fishtail, at 9:22 am  

Athe end of the day, it's always more effective using "mind over matter".

Chris and Rachel use their mind -- leave those mad scientists and commerce people alone -- they continue to fob off fibs on "unmindful" people to make Money. M&M everywhere.:)
Cyber chocolates, of the witstaker kind, anyone?:) Good for laffs, love also can.

To Chris: how is ESGardner's mystery coming along -- a book review in SE7EN days time? The reward is to see your name in print -- real one,on paper,made from pulp, from tree -- not cyber!
Desi is getting long-winged!

By Blogger desiderata, at 10:55 am  

Give me a real hug anyday. Though a *hug* from a friend in cyberspace is kinda nice too! :)

By Blogger dobbs, at 11:10 am  

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