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Robotic Pillow Phone Lets You Hug The Person You’re Calling [Video]

Robotic Pillow Phone Lets You Hug The Person You’re Calling [Video]

These cushions replicate the human heartbeat to make voice calls more intimate.

Yi Chen


Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, Director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory in Japan, is known for his life-like androids. His latest creation may not resemble a realistic human, but these body-shaped pillows are equipped with two vibrators that mimic heartbeats. The Hugvie robot connects to your mobile phone and responds the caller’s voice. The throbbing vibrations become faster and stronger depending on the pitch, volume, and mood of the caller.

The Hugvie is primarily suited for children, seniors, or couples in a long-distance relationship, as it adds a physical aspect to voice calls. It’s currently on display at the Vstone Robot Center in Tokyo and retails for around $60.

Watch the video clip below to see a demonstration of the Hugvie:

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