Huggable communication media

Hugvie is a huggable communication medium that facilitates intimate telecommunication. It is a human-shaped, soft cushion filled with polystyrene microbeads and covered with stretch fiber. It resembles person opening its arms for a hug and enables us to bring the hug experience into telecommunication by putting a hands-free mobile phone inside a pocket of its “head”. Thanks to its soft texture, humanlike shape, and conversation on the phone, people feel they are actually hugging a distant conversation partner and have comfort and affinity toward the partner.