Forget about the read/write web … welcome to the read/write/touch web!
Singapore scientists looking for ways to transmit the sense of touch over the internet have devised a vibration jacket for chickens and are thinking about electronic children's pajamas for cyberspace hugs.
A wireless jacket for chickens or other pets can be controlled with a computer and gives the animal the feeling of being touched by its owner, said researchers at Nanyang Technological University.
The next step would be to use the same concept to transmit hugs over the internet.
Can you believe it? It makes sense that it would be possible (especially after reading about The Toy – also on Wired) … but it is kind of scary.