No Girlfriend? No Problem! Japanese Students Invent ‘Girlfriend Coat’ to Hug Lonely People

A team of Japanese engineering students has invented a ‘fulfillment coat’ that may be perfect for those lonely souls in search of girlfriends — like, for example, Japanese engineering students.

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 The girlfriend coat is called the “Riajyuu Coat,” which comes from the slang term meaning “someone who is pleased with their life outside the Internet.”

The device looks like a normal coat except for its neon-colored belt, which users fasten around the waist. A machine then winds the belt to simulate the feeling of being hugged from behind. As you feel the squeeze, the headphone that comes with the coat whispers pre-recorded words such as “I am sorry, were you waiting?” and “ Watch your back!” into your ears.

“The concept of this device is everyone can get the feeling [of] having a girlfriend,” hardware engineer Hikaru Sugiura said.

Looking to add this device to your personal wardrobe? Don’t hold your breath. For now, it’s unclear whether the coat is a serious product or joke among friends, although the YouTube video’s lighthearted tone suggests the latter.

Would you use the girlfriend coat? 🙂

Watch the Girlfriend coat video here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuYNcbpqQkg

Source:  http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/04/09/japans-girlfriend-coat-can-hug-you-and-whisper-in-your-ear/