The Daily Telegraph
Robot lips give long-distance relationships the kiss of life
LOVELORN couples who cannot bear to be apart will now be able to kiss each other remotely with the help of a pair of automated silicone lips.
The device, invented in China, attempts to mimic a real kiss, replicating the pressure, temperature and movement of a person’s lips.
For a kiss to be exchanged between two people who are physically distant, the device has to be plugged in to the charging port of a mobile phone.
One user kisses the device’s silicone lips, with the action registered by the phone through an app.
They can then send their kiss to the object of their affections – as long as he or she also has the device attached to their phone. They put their lips against the silicone lips and feel the sensation of their partner’s kiss. At least, that’s the idea. Along with the physical feel of the kiss, the device will deliver the sound the user made while delivering the kiss, be it a smooch, a sigh or a slobber. The app can also work as a dating site – users can upload their simulated kiss for other people to experience. If they like what they feel, they can connect.
The remote kissing contraption, which costs about £30, has caused a stir on social media in China, with some people calling it “creepy” while others are keen to try it. “It’s a genius invention – but where’s the tongue?” one man commented online.