Have you ever been in a situation when you were far away from a person you love? Be it a friend, a family member, or even a partner. Flair can erase the distance between you and your loved one! Hugs as an expression of compassion and emotional support are a crucialpart of interpersonal interaction. One of the most important findings indicates that hugs have a 'stress-buffering effect'. On this basis, Flair was developed to bridge the distances between people. It is an outerwear, which sends hugs through a smartphone. The prototype was made with inflatable actuators, which can recreate one’s sense of touch. They can induce the emotions, which we get and send them to people who are far away from us.
How Does It Work?
'Flair' connects via Bluetooth and transmits messages to the actuators, thus giving the wearer the sensations of a hug.
Project by Altynai Nogoibaeva and Daria Klimova. Students of the HSE international Master programme 'Prototyping Future Cities' 2017 - 2019