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Hug loved ones ... Thousands of miles away


Introducing Parihug, a new way to connect.

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Hug loved ones ... Thousands of miles away


Introducing Parihug, a new way to connect.

 

What is parihug?

Parihug makes electronically-connected teddy bears, that let loved ones hug each other from a distance. Two people can be on different sides of the world, each with their own bear. When one is hugged, a suite of soft, fabric-based sensors detects the hug and transmits a message to the other bear. The receiving bear then hugs its owner with a gentle vibration-- haptic telepresence! The bears allow loved ones to connect with each other when they physically cannot be together, and brings the humanity back into technological connection.

 
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Goodbye distance, Hello Connection.


Parihug makes distance bearable, whether you are separated from a child, partner, grandchild, or friend. 

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Goodbye distance, Hello Connection.


Parihug makes distance bearable, whether you are separated from a child, partner, grandchild, or friend. 

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Our society thinks it has communication mastered. We can text someone, and they’ll get our message instantly. We can call each other, email, video chat, snapchat, text; but what about physical communication? In our technology boom, we have left the most basic form of human communication behind. Infants learn to communicate through a physical connection with their parents. Relationships are sustained by a physical bond.

Parihug allows you to hug anyone from around the world, coming the closest any consumer product has to an affordable distance hug. With simple and affordable technology, we’ve hacked the hug. 

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How do I get one?


Parihug is growing! We're planning to launch our crowdfunding campaign towards the end of 2016. 

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Parihug is growing! We're planning to launch our crowdfunding campaign towards the end of 2016. 

Please leave your information here to be notified when the bears are available for purchase.

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Unbelievable…
— Jim Donovan (WKYC)
Keep an eye out for [Parihug]
— Sarina Finkelstein (Time Magazine)
This year’s breakout student project
— Jeffrey R. Young (Chronicle)
I was smiling, and happier than I had been for hours. Why? I’d just hugged a teddy bear, and it had hugged me back
— Andy Boxall (Digital Trends)
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The Founders


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The Founders


Xyla Foxlin

CEO, MECHATRONICS ENGINEER

Xyla is a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering double major with a minor in Studio Art at Case Western Reserve University. She loves all combinations of art and technology, and can frequently be found tinkering with projects that combine the two. She’s a Teaching Assistant at think[box], CWRU’s makerspace and machine shop, which is also open to the general public.
In September, Xyla was named one of Her Campus’ 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women, for her work as an engineer, and her work promoting women in STEM. She is the president of CWRUbotix, the undergraduate competitive robotics team at CWRU, where she also works as a mechanical and manufacturing engineer for the NASA Robotic Mining Competition. She is an executive representative for the Design Competition Coalition, the student board that determines engineering policies on campus with the goal of promoting tinkering, diversity, and making mistakes in a safe environment. She is also heavily involved in Hacker Society, the computer interest group on campus, with which she travels around the country competing at hackathons and helps organize HackCWRU.

HARSHITA GUPTA

COO, SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Harshita is a senior at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, CA. A mix of tech and the humanities, she splits her time between programming, journalism, literature, and psychology. She has been interested in Computing since the tender age of nine: she taught herself HTML in 8th grade, Java in 10th, and now spends her time on iOS development, FTC robotics programming, and hackathons.

Harshita is one of the founders of her high school's Association for Computing Machinery chapter, and is the first female student instructor for the school's AP Computer Science class. As a part of Girls Teaching Girls to Code and her robotics team's outreach division, she has led over a dozen programming workshops. She loves teaching and learning from other people. Harshita dreams of a decentralized technology industry, built on the unique experiences and ideas of communities around the world. Her dream job would combine teaching computer science and creating products herself. She wants to empower youth around the world to bring technology into their lives.