Yes, it feels nice when people "like" your accomplishments/drunk status updates/sandwich photos on Facebook. Sometimes it feels nicer than we'd care to admit. Now, Melissa Kit Chow has devised a way to literally substitute real affection for that virtual attention from people you haven't seen since elementary school. Via her website:
Like-A-Hug is a wearable social media vest that allows for hugs to be given via Facebook, bringing us closer despite physical distance. The vest inflates when friends 'Like' a photo, video, or status update on the wearer's wall, thereby allowing us to feel the warmth, encouragement, support, or love that we feel when we receive hugs. Hugs can also be sent back to the original sender by squeezing the vest and deflating it.
Ugh, no. Melissa: you study at MIT's Media Lab and so are probably very smart! Put all that brainpower towards devising a 3D printer that spits out breakfast sandwiches or something.