Fear of spreading the coronavirus is forcing humans to check their natural instincts to hug, shake hands and pat one another on the back, but a new technology by H&M Lab, the fashion firm’s German innovation hub, aims to fill in the gaps forced by the touch crisis.
The lab teamed with Berlin-based wearable tech solutions company Boltware to develop Wearable Love, a jean jacket outfitted with flexible sensors and tactile elements embedded into the shoulder areas. The sensors connect to H&M’s Wearable Love app via Bluetooth, so the wearer can transmit signals to the jacket that mimic the feeling of being touched.
Each jacket comes with a registration code for the app. After the wearer creates a profile, they can invite friends to connect via the app’s “Love Lists.” There, friends and loved ones can create individual touch patterns that they can send to the wearer as a digital reminder that they are thinking of them.
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