TOKYO, Japan – “Slip of the tongue” –Japanese researchers looking to max out the creepiness of the internet have developed a machine that allows-long-distance couples to French kiss over the net.
Researchers from the Kajimoto Laboratory at the University of Electro-Communications presented a rough-looking model that consists of two straw-like devices connected over a single PC. A user takes a device and swirls their tongue around one of the straws. Then, the way the A-straw interface is moved is transmitted to the B-straw device which mimics the movement.
One researcher explained, “It is called bilateral control, and the turn angle information is sent reciprocally by both devices to maintain the same position. Right now the values are handled by one PC, but if a system is put together to handle the values over a network, then it would be easy for this operation to be conducted remotely.”
Researchers said the “Kiss transmission device” will help those lovers physically transcended by distance.
That’s if they can cope with the less-than-attractive prospect of waggling a plastic straw with their tongue, triggering another straw thousands of miles away for an ‘e-kiss’.
The device that resembles a Breathalyzer could be the beginning of what could become a full-on person-to-person experience over the net, said a spokesperson from Kajimoto Laboratories.
In the video, (below) Nobuhiro Takahashi, a graduate student and researcher at the university, manipulates the plastic tube on one device with his tongue. A program stores the movements on a computer and then transmits them to another device, causing its tube to move — presumably in someone else’s mouth.
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.
“Kiss information” can be recorded and replayed; presumably meaning someone could save and share a “kiss” over and over.
“For example, if you have a popular entertainer use this device and record it, that could be hugely popular if you offer it to fans,” Takahashi says. (Can you say, “Justin Bieber”?)
The researchers seem to realize that most people might not exactly find licking a plastic tube a suitable replacement for sucking face. But there are refinements on the way, they say.
“The elements of a kiss include the sense of taste, the manner of breathing and the moistness of the tongue,” Takahashi said. “If we can re-create all of those, I think it will be a really powerful device.”
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