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A Kiss Transmission Device, Kissenger

Here it is, 2019, slipping soon into 2020. This video was from Jan 12, 2017. Is the Kissenger kiss transmission device available for purchase yet?

The Kajimoto Laboratory at the University of Electro-Communications is conducting research into tactile communications, with the aim of creating a device which can effectively transmit the feeling of a kiss.  The Kissenger is a strange gadget for iOS devices which promised to reproduce a kissing sensation with a partner over the phone. – “This device is for communications within the mouth, in other words, the goal is to obtain the feeling of kissing.” – “If you take one device in your mouth and turn it with your tongue, the other device turns in the same way. 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.” – “It is achieved only by motor rotations, and you control the rotation positions via PC. It is called a 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.” The position information values can also be recorded, and the kiss information for different individuals can be freely replayed. “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.” – “The elements of a kiss include the sense of taste, the manner of breathing, and the moistness of the tongue. If we can recreate all of those I think it will be a really powerful device.”

(OddityCentral 2011)

The Kissenger is a gadget that’s been knocking around university research labs for the last few years and aims to let couple kiss each other through the internet. It’s a brightly-coloured smartphone holster with an inviting plastic pad attached to the bottom. You lock lips with the pad and it transmits the sensation through to an identical holster and an identical pad that’s nestling your partner’s phone wherever that may be. …  the creators insist that it’s already helping to get people accustomed to machine-based touching. And, moreover, that it’s not being used in an overtly sexual way.

(Mirror 2016)

Here’s how the Kissenger actually works, according to the Kissenger website: High precision force sensors are embedded under the silicon lip to measure the dynamic forces at different parts of your lips during a kiss. The device sends this data to your phone, which transmits it to your partner over the Internet in real time. Miniature linear actuators are used to reproduce these forces on your partner’s lips, creating a realistic kissing sensation. Kissenger provides a two-way interaction just like in a real kiss. You can also feel your partner’s kiss on your lips when they kiss you back.

(TheInternetPatrol 2017)

Struggle with long distance relationship? Plug in to your phone and give your loved ones a kiss over the Internet. Kissenger can sense your kiss and transmit realistic kissing sensations to your partner in real time. You can also feel the force on your lips when your partner kisses you back. Share an intimate moment with your friends and families while chatting with them on your phone.

(Imageering 2018)

Here’s the latest word I could find: the device just might not be popular enough at this time.

… we are sorry to inform you that this campaign did not received enough funding. Therefore, we have decided to end this campaign, and all backers will get their funds fully refunded back.

Any question, please contact contact@imagineeringinstitute.org

Thank you
Kissenger Team

(IndieGogo 2018)

I guess let that be.a lesson, inventors. You can get all kinds of press and have prototypes and positive tests and still, your dream may not materialize due to lack of interest and/or funding. Perhaps the Tonguenger will do better.

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