Sometimes, you just need a hug. Japanese robot designer Hiroshi Ishiguro understands. He’s invented the Hugvie Robot, a plush, mono-legged figure that serves as a medium for interacting remotely with people. Just insert your smartphone into a pocket inside the Hugvie’s head and call your loved one. Another gadget inside the robot converts the voice of your beloved into vibrations that the hugger can feel. Another vibrating device inside the Hugvie mimics the pulse of a heartbeat. According to the press release, “The vibrations can be customized to allow for softer or stronger pulses as they respond to the volume and strength of the voice on the other end of the line.” It’s available from Vstrong.