My prototype Embrace is a portable bag that hugs you back via vibrations, lights, and sounds, geared towards those that struggle with mental health issues such as those on the autism spectrum, depression, abandonment anxiety. Whenever you’re feeling down, you can hug your Embrace bag and get that much needed boost of oxytocin, healing those feelings of loneliness, frustration, and abandonment. All you need to elevate your mood is a simple hug on the go. It is currently in the research and development stage and will use sensors, LED lights, microphones, speakers, cloth, cushion, and thread.

What inspired you (or your team)?
I’m personally a person who loves physical contact and hugs, and the prompt was experience design. I wanted to recreate an experience I enjoy to help those who struggle with mental health issues.