Solar-powered lights can be used in many different ways, not only as garden lights.
The Hug Me Shirt encourages intimate and close body contact by lighting up when the wearer is hugged. The spring-shaped coils are fun and pleasant to touch while the light itself is soothing.
Alternatively, the shirt can be easily modified to be a pillowcase, giving the owner a calming snuggle partner.
The shirt works on a principle of the lights turning on when the solar panel is covered. Since the solar panel is positioned on the stomach, the body of the hugger hides the sunlight and triggers the panel’s battery power.
Eva Maria Veitmaa
Mario López Batres
Aidan Kidder Wolff
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, September 2019