Since the advent of the Internet, people have been looking for new ways to satisfy their need for contact. Going beyond the imagination, a Japanese lab created a device that might let people “French kiss” over the Internet.
The people at Kajimoto Laboratory in Tokyo created a device that lets you wiggle your tongue on a plastic straw to start a tongue kiss. The wiggle registers remotely on another plastic straw resting on someone else's tongue.
According to CNN, the lab is part of The University of Electro-Communications. They posted a video showing how a researcher uses the “Kiss Transmission Device.” The small box is motorized and resembles the breathalyzer machines uses by police.
Graduate student Nobuhiro Takahashi demonstrates the kissing machine on the video by manipulating the plastic tube with his tongue. The movements are stored on the computer than transmitted to a remote device.
Kajimoto Laboratory is working on advances that emulate actual contact to help facilitate long-distance love. Parties in long distance relationships can actually save their kisses. The kiss info can be recorded and replayed as many times as the parties want to relive the moment.
Takahashi said, “For example, if you have a popular entertainer use this device and record it, that could be hugely popular if you offer it to fans.”
From Justin Bieber to Lady Gaga, fans would be able to get their groove on with top stars in a very virtual way. Fans could kiss their favorite stars without the fear of germs, bad breath or excessive salivation.
While it might be tidy, the plastic tube could be lacking when it comes to being like a realistic kiss. The creators of the modern-day kissing machine realize its limitations and say refinements are coming.
Takahashi stated, “The elements of a kiss include the sense of taste, the manner of breathing and the moistness of the tongue. If we can recreate all of those, I think it will be a really powerful device.”
According to the Kajimoto Laboratories website, the company has been in business since 2007. Their site reveals the lab's mission. “The main research topic is human interface, especially tactile or multimodal interface. As scientists, we are seeking why and how we feel the world as is, as engineers, we are devising in how to hack human function, and as designers, we are concerting to enrich human culture by interface design.”
Their website also features an explanation for the computerized kissing machine along with visuals. “This device is for communications within the mouth, in other words, the goal is to obtain the feeling of kissing."
Technology is sure to move forward, but it is difficult to image someone placing a wet one on you from cyberspace. Will the next great idea be simulating intercourse via the Internet? Only time will tell.
Meanwhile, the Daily Herald reports another Japanese creator is working in a cyber hugging machine using a harness. This could take celebrity relationships and online dating to a whole new level of intimacy without even leaving the house. A host of issues are sure to arise as cyber contact takes on a whole new face, both literally and figuratively.
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