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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 Q1 of 2017. 

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How do I get one?


Parihug is growing! We're planning to launch our crowdfunding campaign Q1 of 2017. 

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

Subscribe

 
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 Founding story


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The Founding story


Parihug began as a hackathon project built by Xyla Foxlin and Harshita Gupta in September 2015. Originally called BaymaxBuddies, they garnered a lot of attention in the hackathon community. It’s not often two technical young women team up to build a hardware project—involving teddy bears, no less.

Harshita and Xyla were approached by Danielle Strachman and Michael Gibson from the 1517 fund, who saw the joy BaymaxBuddies created, and gave them a grant to turn the project into a company. Although the pair had just met, they took the leap and dove in.

A few months later they launched at the Consumer Electronics Show, on an invitation from Case Western Reserve University, where Xyla attends. There, they discovered over and over again how much people needed and wanted the product, as well as how difficult it is to navigate Vegas as a teenager.

    Soon after, they headed to SxSW together to expo in an underwritten spot at SxCreate. While in Austin, Parihug was invited to Tech.Co and IBM’s SXSW Tech Cocktail event, where they won the People’s Choice Startup of the Year Award. This gained Parihug entry to Celebrate! 2016 with Tech.Co in fall 2016.

    Shortly after SxSW, Harshita decided to leave Parihug to focus on growing as a technologist, student, and individual. She is currently an undergraduate in Computer Science at Harvard University. Although she is greatly missed, she will always live on as a part of Parihug, and as a founder.

    Today, the team consists of Xyla, Brian, Colin, and Dom.