Yet Another Creepy Japanese Invention: The Sense-Roid [Video]

Why is it that every time you see videos featuring creepy-ass inventions on the web, overwhelming odds are that these inventions will come from Japan?

What type of emotions could be obtained if you were able to hug yourself? When we hug someone, we feel a sense of ease coming from emotions such as belief, security and love. However, it is not possible to hug oneself, who is the closest person. To experience this situation, we proposed a tactile device called the Sense-Roid. The system is composed of a lay figure with tactile sensors to detect the user’s caressing motion, and a tactile jacket with vibrators and artificial muscles to reflect the caressing motion to the user. As a result, users caress themselves through our Sense-Roid. We believe that this self-caressing experience will enlighten people about the value of caressing.

[Via Topless Robot]

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13 Responses to Yet Another Creepy Japanese Invention: The Sense-Roid [Video]

  1. Speaking as a (high-functioning) autistic and one who has problems with physical contact, this could be an effective replacement for the hug machines that are used for therapy today. It simulates a hug, without the discomfort of close human proximity and can relax them. This could be useful in terms of portability as traditional hug machines are bulky and hard to carry around, so there's a diverse amount of therapy options this can be used for, especially for those who are not comfortable with the physical contact.

  2. Speaking as a (high-functioning) autistic and one who has problems with physical contact, this could be an effective replacement for the hug machines that are used for therapy today. It simulates a hug, without the discomfort of close human proximity and can relax them. This could be useful in terms of portability as traditional hug machines are bulky and hard to carry around, so there's a diverse amount of therapy options this can be used for, especially for those who are not comfortable with the physical contact.