No, this isn’t just a giant egg with lips attached, but rather the Kissenger. Simply put, it’s “basically an egg-like orb outfitted with two soft plastic lips packed with sensors and actuators. When a human on one end of the kiss transaction plants a kiss on the robot lips, the sensors record the shape changes the kisser creates on the lips and translates those pressure patterns into a mirror image that can be beamed over the Web to another Kissenger.” Continue reading for a video and more information.

It’s supposed to be a means of maintaining a sense of intimacy when two people are separated by distance, translating a person’s signature kissing style into something that can be transported and delivered to a recipient–provided both sender and recipient are comfortable mugging down with a giant egg.

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