Brace yourselves, people of the Internet — you may soon be able to send and receive genuine kisses via your smartphone.
If you’ve ever been in a long-distance relationship, you’ll know that one of the worst parts about it is the lack of physical contact. Hugs, kisses, and even little touches on the arm make all the difference, and can sometimes convey more than an hour-long Skype chat or phone conversation ever could. But when your beau is on the other side of the globe, talk is all we have…
That is, until we all get our hands on a Kissenger.
Dubbed “the world’s first mobile kiss messenger”, this unique device works like a dock of sorts, connecting to a smartphone via its headphone jack (sorry iPhone 7 owners…). It features an array of force sensors that aim to replicate the sensation of a real kiss, reproducing the shape and pressure of your partner’s lips once they plant their kiss on a corresponding device.
Here’s Imagineering Lab, the City University London minds behind Kissenger, with more detail:
“High precision force sensors are embedded under the silicon lip to measure the dynamic forces at different parts of your lips during a kiss. The device sends this data to your phone, which transmits it to your partner over the Internet in real time. Miniature linear actuators are used to reproduce these forces on your partner’s lips, creating a realistic kissing sensation. Kissenger provides a two-way interaction just like in a real kiss. You can also feel your partner’s kiss on your lips when they kiss you back.”
Far from just a PG-13 version of a remote-operated love aid, Kissenger’s creators apparently hope that the device will be used by more than just the romantically entwined, stating on their website that everyone from family members to pop idols and their fans could potentially make use of the gadget and its companion app to give and receive kisses from a distance.
There’s no word yet on whether Kissenger will be joining the ranks of gadgets on Amazon’s pages anytime soon, but with a prototype already up and running on iOS, who knows? Perhaps in a couple of years’ time, we’ll think nothing of pressing our kiss-panels against our cheeks at the end of a phone call and awaiting a big kiss from Granny, safe in the knowledge that, for once, it will be devoid of excess saliva and shudder-inducing bristles…