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Hug machine puts the squeeze on autism

Hug machine puts the squeeze o...
The OrbisBox gently squeezes its user
The OrbisBox gently squeezes its user
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The OrbisBox gently squeezes its user
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The OrbisBox gently squeezes its user
The amount of pressure exerted by the OrbisBox can be adjusted in 5-kg increments from levels of 10 to 30 kg (22 to 66 lb)
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The amount of pressure exerted by the OrbisBox can be adjusted in 5-kg increments from levels of 10 to 30 kg (22 to 66 lb)
The OrbisBox weighs 240 kg (529 lb), and can be moved around on its wheels
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The OrbisBox weighs 240 kg (529 lb), and can be moved around on its wheels

Prof. Mary Temple Grandin is a high-functioning autistic, and is an outspoken advocate for people with autism spectrum disorders. Among other things, she invented what is known as a "hug machine," which reportedly calms hypersensitive people by gently exerting even pressure along their bodies. While some individuals have made their own over the years, Denmark's Gloria Mundi Care is now offering a commercial version, called the OrbisBox.

The idea behind the device is simple.

Users start by lying down on their back or on either side. Fabric-covered polyurethane foam side panels then slowly move in and press against them from the sides. The amount of pressure can be adjusted in 5-kg increments from levels of 10 to 30 kg (22 to 66 lb), with users able to get out at any point they want.

The OrbisBox weighs 240 kg (529 lb), and can be moved around on its wheels
The OrbisBox weighs 240 kg (529 lb), and can be moved around on its wheels

If they wish, users can add to the relaxing effect by activating colored LED lighting and soothing music (or other sounds) played through built-in Bose speakers.The whole thing weighs 240 kg (529 lb), and can be moved around on its wheels.

It's recommended not only for autistics, but for anyone suffering from stress. That bliss does come at a price, however – if you want an OrbisBox of your own, be prepared to pay US$35,000.

It can be seen in action, in the following video.

Source: Gloria Mundi Care (Danish)

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1 comment
Daishi
First we had safe spaces and now it happened, someone has made an actual hugbox. Therapists on college campuses should buy dozens of these and when people are triggered by hearing an opinion they disagree with they can report to their therapist and log time in the hugbox until they calm down. What a time to be alive.