Kissenger - a device for transmitting kissing at a distance

Communication with loved ones on the other side of the world should not be limited to video dating and correspondence using emoticons. Meet the gadget Kissenger, whose name hides two components of a true romantic relationship. Kiss (kiss) and remote access for two interlocutors.

Structurally, Kissenger is a smartphone attachment, a platform for a complex of highly sensitive tactile sensors with a feedback system. Sensors capture the touch of a person's lips, form a digital "imprint" of his lips, record the handwriting, the nature of the kiss. This information can be transferred to another Kissenger and reproduced using adaptive mechanisms, similar to the 3D-Touch system in the iPhone.

It's funny, but the project has no entertaining connotation at all. First, robotics developers needed to test and demonstrate new emotional interface systems. The robots of the future will interact with humans very closely and in a variety of ways, including through touch. Kissenger is just a prototype of an innovative new generation of sensors.

Secondly, like other biometric devices, the gadget collects important information about the user's health. A person's lips themselves are filled with important receptors, and the way a person kisses can say a lot about hormonal levels, mood and libido. Finally, the developers are very interested in whether the consumer, as the technology improves, will be able to distinguish a machine kiss from a real, living one?

The Kissenger project is being developed at the City University London lab under the direction of Adrian Chiok. There are no plans to create a commercial product based on it yet.