Technology is amazing. Each year, we get so many new things that could change our lives in a heartbeat. Now, prepare for the future of long-distance relationships and for a device that might prove to be a game-changer.
Kissenger: The Future of Long-Distance Relationships
If you are in a long-distance relationship, there are some things you need to know. Technology and AI have improved a lot in the past couple of decades, and not being able to see your significant other is a lot more bearable today. We all have smartphones, and calling them is just a click away. Furthermore, you can also talk to them using video call services, and it can make things a lot easier.
However, what if we told you that you could take it a step further? Emma Yann Zhang designed a first-ever device that can transmit realistic kiss sensations in real-time. The only thing you need is a smartphone.
Emma explained that her device can help people overcome problems that are common for long-distance relationships, like the lack of intimacy. The Kissenger, as she named it, can help couples have effective communication with deep emotions and intimacy.
The device offers a sensor that can react and send a sensation anywhere in the world. It is an excellent way to upgrade the video chat even further since you will be able to “feel” your partner kiss you back.
Needless to say, the app is not reserved for lovers only, and you can join the community and find family members and friends if they have an account. You can send a kiss to anyone who owns a device, and they will be able to send one back to you. It is worth mentioning that the sensor can only send kisses, and it records the pressure so the other party can feel the force on their lips. This means that it can’t be used for weird things and that it doesn’t support the tongue.
What This Robotic Kissing Device Offers
So how does it work? What do you get from the Kissenger device? The idea behind the device is simple. All you need to have is a mobile phone. Currently, the device supports only iOS, and you can download the app from the Apple store.
The prototype that Emma Yann Zhang designed uses a headphone jack, and all you need to do is plug it in for the device to start working. There is also a slot that will allow you to place your phone so that you can use it more easily. Now, the main problem here is that newer versions of the iPhone don’t have a headphone jack. This means that there should be some improvements in the future.
Once you start talking to your loved one, you can kiss a silicone pad. It will record the sensitivity and pressure and send it to the person you’re kissing. They can put their lips on the silicone pad on their own Kissenger and feel your kiss.
This is obviously a two-way device, which means that both you and your friend/partner/family member need to own a device. The idea behind it is cute, but the question remains whether it can compare to a real kiss.
Amazing and Creepy at the Same Time
The idea behind the prototype is amazing. It might sound like a dream come true for long-distance lovers. There is no doubt that it is a great technological improvement and innovation, and it’s hard not to be amazed by the idea behind it.
However, it is a bit creepy thinking that you will be kissing an oblong silicone pad. We don’t doubt the noble and honest idea behind it, but it’s raising so many questions. Since this is a prototype, we can expect the future versions to be even more advanced.
Emma Yann Zhang already has a couple of ideas up her sleeve. The first one is to add more sensors and a larger pad so the sensation is more accurate. Adding someone’s scent is another thing she’s considering, but that’s not all. Her main idea is to build a full-size kissing robot that would act as an intermediary between two lovers. For some, this might seem like a step too far.
Imagine kissing a robot that smells like your significant other and that seems to be enjoying the situation a bit too much. It sounds a bit creepy, doesn’t it?
Will This Quench Your Thirst for a Real Kiss?
The final question is whether this will help at all? Will it quench your thirst for a real kiss? Will you feel like your partner is by your side and not thousands of miles away? The answer is — who knows. Technology has improved so much in the past fifty years, and what seemed impossible not so long ago is perfectly normal now. Just imagine how freaked out someone from the fifties would be if they saw us walking around with our smartphones, playing video games, watching TV, and so on.
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Maybe someone will like the idea so much that it will evolve past the prototype phase into something incredible. With enough resources, it might become everything we’re hoping it to be and so much more. People always claim that robots are the future, but no one has dreamed that we might experience robotic love.