Designer: Mark Argo
Have you ever wanted to send a hug to someone, or tell them you love them, without getting bogged down in some humdrum chitchat about dinner or the kids or whatever...if the answer is yes, you need a hugms.
The latest in a growing number of "emotional technology" products, hugms is a device designed for sending someone you care about a hug using your mobile phone.
once hugms is connected to your mobile phone all you have to do is send it the phone number of the person you'd like to hug and then squeeze. sensors inside the device read how long and how hard you have squeezed and will format a text message based on your hug.
for example, a long squeeze would look like
while a short and hard squeeze would look like
hugms also communicates with light and color. the strength of the squeeze is mapped to a change in color. if the person you're hugging also has a hugms, then your message will also trigger the same color change. finally, your loved one can return the hug to you, either by squeezing their hugms or just replying to the text message. once received your hugms will glow a warm color, giving you the knowledge that you're being hugged in return.