The hardest part for someone far away on a trip from their loved ones is not being able to hug them because of the lack of physical presence. But now there is an innovative stuffed animal that can help out, courtesy of modern technology. There is no shortage of things possible to send over the internet, except when a physical presence is needed and this can’t be sent through any fiber optics. Well, now you can add something new and unusual that can be sent through the internet.
There is a new Kickstarter campaign for a stuffed animal toy that allows you to send hugs to a loved one, even when they are nowhere physically near you. The stuffed toy animal is called Parihug, a concept designed to let moms or dads on business or any other type of trips still hug their kids. It can also include people in a long-distance relationship or grandparents who live across the country who want to connect with their grandchildren. According to creator and founder Xyla Foxlin, “Each Parihug comes with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so an adult with a smartphone can use it with a smartphone app, although a child without a smartphone can also stay connected to their home Wi-Fi.
The haptic responses use a single vibration motor embedded in the electronics pack, and the sensor system is patent-pending, but based on a barometric pressure sensor. This means we are processing a range of values, so the haptic hug response is actually equivalent to how much its pair is being hugged.” Foxlin also mentioned that she built the first Parihug as an experiment at a hackathon. At the time, she was dating a guy who lived 1,300 miles away and thought it was a cute way of staying in touch. They are no longer an item and together, but not because Parihug didn’t work.
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The concept snowballed and she wound up receiving a 1517 Fund grant of $1,000 to try turning the concept into a company. First given some fair notice during CES 2016, but since then Foxlin has further developed the hugging concept, including creating a new design for the cuddly creature itself, which now sports an aardvark-like animal appearance complete with a large snout for resting over your shoulder. If this sounds like something you would be interested to hug for, you can currently place a pre-order by pledging for the Kickstarter campaign. A pair of Parihugs will set you back $105, with shipping set to take place in December, making this a unique gift idea for the holidays. Until then, you will just have to hug the old-fashioned way using stickers or emojis. Or kiss over Skype.