Let’s face it, long distance relations lack physical interaction, but Kissenger, a smartphone accessory, aims to change that. Created by Dr. Hooman Samani, Director of AIART Lab (Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Technology Laboratory) in Singapore, this gadget consists of two internet-connected robots with big silicone lips that’s touted as “a physical interface enabling kiss communication.” All the user has to do is kiss the silicone pad and the integrated precision force sensors register the lip movements, while miniature linear actuators replicate those movements on a second device used by the person being kissed. Continue reading for a video and more information.

“The Kissenger aims to replicate romantic kisses, but as Emma Yann Zhang says, the device can also be used by parents to give their children a kiss on the cheek when they are away at work. The PhD student presented her invention at the recent Love and Sex with Robots conference, where she said that humans will inevitably become more intimate with A.I. or robots, and being able to share a kiss will play a big part in that kind of relationship,” reports Oddity Central.

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