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Published on Dec 10, 2015
Everybody knows the intense feeling of a hug from a loved one. Social touch, like a hug or a handshake, is very important in interpersonal communication, it improves the development of young children, it adds in building relationships and it even helps with reducing pain and stress. Although nowadays technology plays a major role in communications, it does not offer the possibility for 'social touch'. Gijs teamed up with a textile technologist and integrated 'touch technology' in a sleeve that can actually mimic human touch. It's a technology that can be applied in all kinds of products.
Gijs Huisman is a PhD Student at the University of Twente. In his PhD work he focuses on mediated social touch and emotions. Prior to his PhD position, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science, and a cum laude Master’s degree in Communication Studies: New Media, Research, and Design.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx