Long-distance relationships are really tough, especially at Christmas where schedule conflicts are commonplace. With careers pulling people all over the globe and apps like FaceTime and Skype making displaced relationships possible, LDRs aren’t the taboo and weird social practice they used to be.
Things were simpler back in the day where you’d marry the boy or girl that grew up across the road from you.
However, even with all the technological sedatives for longing, intimacy can’t exactly be reciprocated through a webcam. Get your mind out of the gutter, we’re talking about kissing and hand-holding.
Kissenger is a weird little gadget that’s helping couples seperated by thousands of miles still lock lips despite the physical distance.
Watch the bizarre and awkward video below to see how this weird piggy-bank sex-toy works. Essentially, you attach your phone into the holster bottom-side first. The attractive pads that protrude from the Kissenger sense the amount of pressure when you kiss the gadget and send that information to your partner’s Kissenger.
As The Independent report, Emma Yann Zhang, who worked on the prototype had this to say, “Kissing is the most direct and universal expression of intimacy and affection”.
Speaking to the audience at the Love and Sex with Robots congress at Goldsmiths, University of London. “It’s a way for us to bond and maintain intimacy in our relationships”.
But this tool isn’t just for long-distance relationships, there can be some innocent use for it. “Parents can use Kissenger to give their children a kiss on the cheek when they are away at work”.
You might be thinking that without the actual feel of human contact it wouldn’t feel anything like lifelike and you’re probably right.
However, the association behind hearing someone’s voice and then feeling a pressure on your cheek might be able to trick your brain into giving you those good feeling chemicals you get from being kissed.