Thanks for taking a walk in someone else’s shoes! Designers empathize to understand what other people are going through so they can figure out how to help. Knowing how hard it is to be away from people you love, especially when you need a hug, prompted college student Xyla Foxlin to look for a solution. Her invention, Parihug, is a plush toy that connects to other Pari toys with an app. When you hug your Pari, your friend's Pari vibrates to “hug” your loved one. Pari operates over a wireless internet connection and is washable, so it’s easy to use and clean. A $1,000 grant and a Kickstarter campaign helped Xyla start her company and bring Parihug to life!