You might have come across the situation when you get a kiss from your girlfriend over a Skype call and are expected to blow one back or when your mother makes the kissing sounds over the phone and you are not really sure how to react. Well, a solution to your problem has been discovered and is named as Kissenger.
The awkward kiss blowing can be escaped by means of the Kissenger smartphone adapter via which you can give a “real” kiss to your loved one over the internet. This device senses your kiss and transmits the sensation to your loved one in real time. It can even distinguish the force of your kiss in addition to replicating it while you are kissing your loved one.
Emma Yann Zhang and her team are behind this remarkable creation which is the combination of kiss and messenger and hence called ‘Kissenger’. The major reason for inventing this device was to connect “couples in long distance relationships,” “family members traveling or living in different parts of the world” and “idols and their fans from all around the world”.
High precision force sensors fixed under a silicon lip, which are capable of determining the dynamic forces at different parts of your lips during a kiss, have been used to create the Kissenger. The data obtained is transferred to your phone via this device which is then forwarded to your loved one’s phone over the internet in real time. As soon as the data is received on the other side, tiny linear actuators replicate the kiss on your loved one’s lips, thereby creating a realistic kissing sensation.
In short, a two-way communication is delivered via Kissenger exactly like a real kiss. It makes you feel your loved one’s kiss on your lips when they are physically away from you. As the creators stated:
“Kissing is the most direct and effective way to express your feelings and love. With Kissenger, you can kiss your loved ones even when you are physically apart.”
The Kissenger’s first functioning prototype was developed for iOS devices which fits over the phone like a phone cover and connects into the audio jack of iPhones, iPads and iPods.
In order to send replica kisses to your loved ones, an app is used by Kissenger. The device is PhD project of Zhang that is still in research phase. Zhang intends to continue her research at the City University London lab of Adrian Cheok. She is carrying out laboratory tests at present and recording data pertaining to blood pressure and heart rate, the reason being to check whether people are affected by the device’s kiss in the same way as by a real kiss.
So, the real question is, can a human kiss be tell apart from a computer simulated kiss?