Amy Frearson, ‘Lucy McRae creates hugging machine as an antidote to the “touch crisis”,, Dezeen (19 October 2019)

Compression Carpet

Los Angeles-based artist Lucy McRae has created a machine she calls the Compression Carpet, which offers a hug to a person craving intimacy. (…) We’re moving towards a touch crisis where we’re inundated with technology, to the point of anxiety. (…) She wonders whether mechanical touch, rather than physical contact with other humans, will become the solution.