Kissing just got a whole lot weirder, as Japanese researchers have developed a device that allows users to “french kiss someone over the internet; and by kiss, we mean waggle your tongue on a plastic straw, thereby making another plastic straw waggle remotely on someone else’s tongue.” Continue reading for the news report.

The idea is to help lovers — in long-distance relationships, say — by transmitting the tactile sensation of kissing from one person to another. The lab is running both devices on the same computer, but says a system could be set up to connect them via the Web.

[via CNN]