The Most Bizarre Application of Robotics Tech Yet
If your job often takes you far away from your significant other, fret not. There’s now a way for you to kiss your partner goodnight, even from thousands of miles away. Sort of.
It’s called the “Kissenger,” short for kiss messenger. And it’s basically a device made with special sensor-packed silicon that transmits the pressure of your kiss through cyberspace.
Reuters’ Tara Cleary says that the “machine is the result of exhaustive kissing studies from both biological and psychological points of view.” Seriously.
As creator, Hooman Samani, says, “After investigating that for almost two years, we have started to make our initial high fidelity design. And later we did some user studies in order to make the minimal design to see what are the important parameters in kissing, which can be applied to a robotic device.”
Okay. But won’t people feel a bit strange puckering up to a synthetic partner?
IT professional, Lei Lie, has no qualms with it. He says the Kissenger is almost as good as the real thing…
“[My girlfriend’s] not here, but I can kiss her. I can feel her kiss. It’s an interesting experience… If they have an iPhone version, I may be using it quite a lot. It’s something exciting, something new, something others don’t have, very interesting.”
“Interesting” is certainly a, well, interesting word to describe the technology.
What word would you use?