The tech company has been busy developing technologies that bring physical interaction to digital communication.

It is sometimes difficult to stay connected with your loved ones over long distances, especially when phone calls or texting just does not feel like enough. Microsoft has come up with a solution to this problem — a battery powered, internet-enabled pillow that allows users to send virtual hugs to each other. In the recently filed patent, Microsoft said it could be used to simulate a variety of interactions, stating:

hugs, hand-shakes, grabbing documents, writing on a whiteboard, and the like can be detected so a specific feedback force response is implemented.

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