Nope, it's not a medieval torture device. Mechanics of Embrace is a wooden sculpture that hugs you back with as much gusto as you give it.
There's an angled platform which forces you to lean into the sculpture, creating trust and intimacy. Wrapping your arms around the two levers and hugging moves the machine's arms, which squeeze back with the same amount of pressure you give it.
Since hugging (especially for 20 seconds) gives you warm fuzzies, we're down.
See it in action:
- Hug This Machine To Get Hugged Right Back | Co.Design