The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing us to refrain from hugging, shaking hands or patting another on the back. But Swedish clothing retail company H&M wants to change that. The company joined forces with Boltware to develop Wearable Love. It’s a jean jacket that allows you to send and receive touch as easily as you send messages.
The jacket shoulders are embedded with flexible sensors and tactile elements. The Wearable Love app needs to be downloaded. It connects these sensors via Bluetooth for transmitting the signals to the jackets to mimic the feeling of being touched, reports Sourcing Journal.
“Whether long-distance relationship or social distancing – no matter why you can’t have your loved ones around you: wearable love helps you to overcome boundaries and brings together what belongs together. We combine our denim jacket with innovative technology so you can feel your loved ones‘ touch as if they were with you,” says Boltware.
You will receive a registration code for the app with your wearable love jacket. After you have created your own profile in the app, you can invite your friends to connect with you via love lists. In your profile, you can then create individual touch patterns that you can send to your loved ones‘ jacket. Let them know that you are thinking about them – from wherever you are.
Each jacket has a registration code for the app that is given to the customers when they buy them. The device consists of a puck and a base, which act as a digital heart and brain for the garment. The removable puck is charged by a wireless charger and has a battery life of up to 2 weeks. The base is permanently integrated into the garment. The puck can also be docked into different pieces of clothing.