In a world where the internet has made it easier than ever to stay connected with loved ones, nothing compares to the warmth and tenderness of a real kiss.
But what if you could send a kiss to your partner, no matter where they are in the world? Due to a recent invention from China, that fantasy has become a reality.
Remote Kiss is a pair of silicone lips equipped with pressure sensors and tiny motors that promise to recreate the sensations of a lover’s kiss, from the gentle pressure of their lips to the warmth of their breath.
Criticism across social platforms
Remote Kiss device, this seems all sorts of wrong. pic.twitter.com/14Vhr85IWJ
— Travis LeRoy Southworth (@travisleroy) February 25, 2023
The Remote Kiss, advertised as a way for long-distance couples to experience physical intimacy, has stirred up a storm of controversy on Chinese social media. While some users found the gadget amusing, others criticized it as “vulgar” and “creepy,” with concerns being raised about the potential for minors to purchase and use it.
The device, which has gained widespread attention on platforms like Weibo and Twitter, has been the subject of several hashtags, racking up hundreds of millions of views over the past week.
Despite being marketed as a way for couples to maintain intimacy across long distances, the device has faced backlash from some quarters, with one top comment on Weibo reading: “I don’t understand (the device), but I’m utterly shocked.”
Critics have expressed concern that the product could be easily accessible to minors, with fears being raised about its potential misuse.
A netizen joked, “You guys really have to kiss? Is it that important?” questioning the need for “remote kissing.”
However, as the controversy continues to grow, it remains to be seen how the creators of the device will respond to the backlash from concerned members of the public.
How does the device work?
Remote kissing device for long-distance lovers, invented and patented by Chinese university student in Changzhou City.
￼The mouth-shaped module, served as an inducing area for lovers to make the kiss and then it can transfer kiss gesture to the "mouth" on the other side. pic.twitter.com/5i2ogMiUXe
— China in Pictures (@tongbingxue) February 22, 2023
Users are able to “upload” their own kisses and “receive” those of others using the device, which is said to offer a “genuine” physical experience for long-distance couples.
An app-driven device that allows users to send and receive virtual kisses through moving silicon “lips” has been causing quite a stir on the Chinese e-commerce site Taobao.
According to reports in the South China Morning Post, the device is available for purchase for 260 yuan ($37.44) and uses sensors to replicate “the exact pressure, movement, and heat of a kisser’s lips.”
Moreover, as per Global Times, the gadget was created by a university team in the Jiangsu region of China, with Jiang Zhongli named as the principal inventor.
Speaking to reporters, Jiang explained that the inspiration for the device came from his own long-distance relationship, which was often conducted over the phone.
Moreover, according to reports, Jiang submitted a patent application for the device back in 2019, working in collaboration with the Changzhou Vocational School of Mechatronic Technology.