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May 5, 2011

Japanese Researchers Develop Kissing Accessory For Computers

Japanese researchers have created a device that mimics your kissing motion and transmits it to someone else. 

The engineers are creating taste, manner of breathing, and tongue moistness to help give the device its full effect for a user.

"If we can re-create all of those, I think it will be a really powerful device," Nobuhiro Takahashi, a graduate student at researcher at The University of Electro-Communications said in a video.

The lab posted a video in which a researcher demonstrates the "Kiss Transmission Device."  It is a motorized box that looks like a police Breathalyzer.

The idea behind the invention is to help lovers in long-distance relationships by allowing them to kiss one another from afar.

Takahashi says the tongue-twisting effect is achieved by motor rotations that are controlled by the user through a computer.

"If you take one device in your mouth and turn it with your tongue, the other device turns in the same way," Takahashi told diginfo.tv "If you turn it back the other way, then your partner's turns back the same way, so your partner's device turns whichever way your own device turns."

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