Japanese inventors have made a small device allowing people to French kiss through the computer.
A disturbing new make-out gadget, or a long-distance relationship tool of the future? We'll let you make up your own mind about the "Kiss Transmission Device," although we'd be lying if we said we weren't a little weirded out.
According to CNN.com, inventors at Tokyo's Kajimoto Laboratory in Japan created this instrument, which could allow two people to French kiss over the Internet or through the computer. Here's how it works: You hold a plastic straw—attached to a rectangular box—up to your mouth and engage in a little kiss-like tongue action. The device records the movements and transmits them to another device, in another location, with another person doing the exact same thing.
Not exactly the first image that comes to mind when we picture "sexy time."
The gadget can also record the "kiss," so you could technically play it again and again. If you really wanted to. And researcher Nobuhiro Takahashi thinks there's a market out there for people who would really want to. The first group? Couples in long-distance relationships who can't engage in physical intimacy very often. Another crowd? The celeb-obsessed fan girls (or guys, we guess) of the world. Beliebers and Twihards come to mind.
"If you have a popular entertainer use this device and record it, that could be hugely popular if you offer it to fans," Takahashi said. But there's still one road block: "The elements of a kiss include the sense of taste, the manner of breathing and the moistness of the tongue. If we can re-create all of those, I think it will be a really powerful device."
Can you actually imagine the likes of Robert Pattinson or Justin Bieber programming their kisses into these gadgets, researchers marketing the items as "The Bieber Smooch" or "Pucker Up with RPatz" and then selling them for profit?
We can't either! We pretty much shudder to think of that.
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