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A hug machine for people with autism


Mary Temple Grandin, who has autism and speaks up for people with autism spectrum disorders, has invented a hug machine that is being sold under the name OrbisBox. The machine apparently calms people who are hypersensitive by gently exerting even pressure along their bodies.

Users start by lying down on their back or on their sides. Foam covered side panels slowly move in and press against them from the sides.

The amount of pressure can be adjusted and users can get out at any point they want. The soothing effect can be improved with colored LED lighting and music through built-in speakers.

The machine is recommended not only for autistics, but for anyone suffering from stress. An OrbisBox of your own comes for US$35,000.



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