Are you far from your better half, you want to send her a warm kiss and you are very, very uncomfortable? A Chinese contraption with soft and dynamic silicone "lips" comes to the rescue, which can be right up your alley.
This device, advertised by China's largest online e-shop Taobao as a solution for long-distance couples who want to share a "real" physical experience, is causing a stir among Chinese social media users. which indeed express somewhat conflicting opinions.
How does the "remote kiss" work?
The device, equipped with pressure sensors and actuators, can replicate the pressure, movement and temperature of a user's lips, and even transmit the sound of kissing.
If this already seems creepy to you, think of the comments of some Chinese users who complain about the lack of a tongue to simulate a French kiss. As if to say, "made 30, let's also make 31".
Users can download the must-have companion app for the mobile phone and plug the device into the phone's charging port. Ready? Street. A video call is launched and you are ready for the "smart lemon".
I forgot to mention the most bizarre function (as if the rest weren't enough). The app has a mode called "kissing square", which allows you to launch into a passionate kiss from a stranger you meet online. Kind of like Tinder, but with lips.
Scroll through a list of possible partners, and in addition to the profile picture and bio, you can also try their kiss, previously "saved" in the card.
The cost of the device is quite accessible: the equivalent of 40 euros. I wouldn't bet it won't sell, even if it has shocked users a bit. Indeed, it will also do so by virtue of this.
A "soft" approach to the virtualization of physicality, and for that, let me be a boomer for once (even if I'm from the glorious Generation X that will save the worldperhaps even more dangerous.