The Hugging Machine

What's it like to feel the warm embrace of another human being? Your dakimakura can offer you only so much and, honestly, she's been thinking that the two of you should go on a break.

You should think of this difficult time as an opportunity. You can have an even better relationship. Artist Lucy McRae invented the Compression Carpet, which is a mattress that constricts around you as another person* turns the crank. Hi-Fructose magazine quotes her:

Lucy McRae’s new “Compression Carpet offers a full embrace for those who feel like they need a hug, a meditation on how technology can aid intimacy or support. The “body architect” recently showed the device at Festival of the Impossible in San Francisco. For some, the device may recall the hug machine created by Temple Grandin for stress relief and therapy. With her device, McCrae says, you “relinquish control to the hands of a stranger as your ‘servicer’ decides the firmness of your hug.”

*The flaw in the design.

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So much about that image is confusing.Is she in pajamas and sneakers? Why is she in pajamas. Why doesn't she hug him?What's with the weird rug with the border?Why are the fans on the wall. They won't be able to move air very well.Why doesn't she just hug him?!
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