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'Kissenger' allows long-distance smooches

July 25, 2012 By:
Couples spending much time apart may want to use this kiss messenger.
 
The device, aptly called "Kissenger," was unveiled at the Designing Interactive Systems conference in the United Kingdom last June, New Scientist reported.
 
"People have found it a very positive way to improve intimacy in communications with their partners when they are apart," New Scientist quoted device developer Hooman Samani of Singapore-based Lovotics as saying.
 
But Samani said the prototype will not yet be commercialised until "all the ethical and technical considerations are covered."
 
Samani also disavowed any interest in sexual uses for it, adding one does not need to transmit all the parameters of a kiss.
 
"The main aim is to improve long-distance relationships. We've taken several steps to minimize the creepiness," Samani said.

The device is amazingly reminiscent of a similar tool that appeared on the hit television comedy, Big Bang Theory:

 
The device has a pair of pressure-sensitive soft plastic sensor-loaded lips that protrude through a smooth plastic casing as large as an Easter egg.
 
A kiss from the sending party is transmitted "in real time" on the Internet to a receiving Kissenger that reproduces the pressure patterns of the kiss created by the sender.
 
However, New Scientist said Kissenger is not the first gadget to transmit long-distance kisses - in May 2011, a French kiss simulator was built in May 2011 by the Kajimoto Lab at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo.
 
It had a straw that can remotely move a simiar straw, when rotated by the holder's tongue. -GMA News