The best thing about social media is our ability to connect with close friends, distant relatives, and casual acquaintances all in one place. We love feeling connected to just about everyone we’ve ever met but a “like” on Facebook just isn’t the same as a handshake, hug, or high five.

Like-A-Hug, a project by Melissa Kit Show at the MIT Media Lab, aims to solve that disconnection.

Like-A-Hug is a wearable social media vest that inflates when friends “like” a photo, video, or status update on the wearer’s Facebook wall, allowing the person to feel all sorts of warm and fuzzy, even if the friend is miles and miles away. Hugs can be sent back to the sender (or “liker”) by squeezing the vest and deflating it.

We love the idea of attaching a physical action to a digital one, and wonder what other wearables or gadgets might reflect a similar idea.

This type of thing could be wonderful for couples who have to be far apart for an extended period of time, but might get old if you’re a frequent Facebook poster who receives multiple “likes” per day.

What do you think of Like-A-Hug? Or the idea of adding a more physical experience to your online one? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or talk to us (and like us!) on Facebook.