The world’s first haptic telecommunication wearable invented by CuteCircuit in 2002 and awarded as one of the Best Inventions of the Year by Time Magazine in 2006.
The Hug Shirt™ is a shirt that makes people send hugs over distance! Embedded in the Hug Shirt™ there are sensors that capture the strength, duration, and location of the touch, the skin warmth and the heartbeat rate of the sender and actuators that recreate the sensation of touch, warmth and emotion of the hug to the Hug Shirt™ of the distant loved one.
The style of the HugShirt changed over the years to become more streamlined. This HugShirt from 2014 featured round sensor areas similar to the original 2002 design but in a cutting edge digital print design.
The Hug Shirt™ connects Bluetooth to any smartphone thanks to the HugShirt App and records a hug like you would record a movie and delivers the data to your mobile via Bluetooth and through the App your hug is transmitted over the network to your friend’s phone and it is seamlessly transmitted via Bluetooth to their Hug Shirt™!
Sending hugs is as easy as sending a text message or chatting, and you are able to send hugs while you are on the move, in the same way and to the same places you are able to make phone calls (Rome to Tokyo or New York to Paris).
The system is very simple: a Hug Shirt™ (Bluetooth with sensors and actuators), a Bluetooth enabled smartphone with the Hug Shirt™ App running (it understands what the sensors are communicating), and on the other side another smartphone and another Hug Shirt™. If you do not have a Hug Shirt™ but know that your friend has one you can still send them a hug creating it with the Hug Shirt™ software and it will be delivered to your friend’s Hug Shirt™ in real time!
The new Hug Shirt™ was presented during the CuteCircuit fashion show at New York Fashion Week. We continue to evolve the HugShirt and create new designs every season. To see the latest embodiment of the HugShirt you can also check the SoundShirt product page and discover how haptics allow a deaf person to feel music on their skin.Learn about the SoundShirt