If you can’t be with all your loved ones this holiday season, you soon may be able to send them a hug or a hearty handshake over the Internet. …

The technology requires using battery powered pillows and it will be owned by Microsoft. Redmond was just awarded a patent on something called “Force-feedback within telepresence,” reports Geekwire.

This would let people use connected devices that simulate all kinds of human interactions such as “hugs, hand-shakes, grabbing documents, writing on a whiteboard,” the patent says.