The Hugvie: a vibrating phone holder for stimulating pillow talk (video)

The Hugvie was created by Hiroshi Ishiguro, who apparently designed the robot with wholesome intentions. He merely wanted to create another layer of human connection when talking with a loved-one on the phone.

Still, no matter how seemingly sweet these pillows look, one can not help but be suspicious of this technology. After all, the Hugvie is just one of many semi-creepy advances in robotics by the Japanese that seems part of a larger effort to create full-automated sex dolls and surrogate lovers: a vibrating robot butt, a kiss transmission device, a hug transmission device, and Japanese resort towns that cater to men with virtual high school girlfriends.

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The Hugvie is like an x-rated Snuggie. The brightly colored pillow, which is shaped like Casper the Friendly Ghost, contains two vibrating motors. These motors buzz together to create a kind of heartbeat and "human-like" sensations. To activate the device, users insert their cellphone into the head of the pillow. Sensors then make the doll vibrate according to the volume and tone of the caller's voice.

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