They’ve traditionally come free, but can sometimes be hard to come by. But now for $2500, you can get a hug anytime, all the time.
This is the “hug-yourself” vest, one of the highlights of the virtual reality expo on in Tokyo right now. The vest simulates the same hug you give a custom mannequin, allowing you to feel your very own hug.
As 22-year old graphic designer, Chiharu Asano says, “It is totally relaxing”
The brainchild of award winning developer Nobuhiro Takashi, the vest has six air-pumped “muscles” that shrink and expand as they billow with injected air. This reproduces the same sensation as a person’s arms around you.
As 22-year old science student Tomoki Okawara explains,”It feels as if I am hugging a hot girl friend.”
Less touchy-feely visitors can try firing bolts of energy from their palms, known as “”Kamehame Ha” (pronounce: Kah-me-ha-me-ha) in the popular Japanese anime, Dragonball.
Fans even get to charge the bolt of energy before firing the beam of light.
As 37-uear old graphic designer Toru Hayai says, “I’ve always dreamed about firing energy blasts. I just realized my dream.”
Some 450 exhibitors are showing off their advanced 3D and motion sensing technologies at the three-day annual expo with organizers expecting more than 25,000 visitors.
Bottom line: Virtual hugs and energy beams offer an alternative reality to visitors at the Advanced 3D and Motion Sensing technology expo in Tokyo.