Wow, First Base Never Looked So Sad: Kissenger, The Robotic Long-Distance Kiss Messenger
Nope, nothing creepy as hell going on here.
The Kissenger is a small, Skype compatible robotic pig that can sense a user's kiss and send the sensation to another user who's ALSO holding a f***ing pig-shaped robot to their lips. God, if this is the future I am like, soooooooooo over it. *emptying potion of immortality into toilet* "That was a juice-box." IT WAS SYMBOLIC.
"The lips are highly touch-sensitive, but can also be manipulated by motors inside the robot."
The robots are equipped with soft silicon pads that transmit lip movements between partners.
The Lovotics website suggests the Kissenger may appeal to singles and those who want to smooch a virtual character. The robots can use artificial intelligence (AI) to transmit those kinds of kisses, too.
Admittedly, I would call all my friends and put my wiener up to it. "Whoa bro -- you sure you want your junk that close to an active robot?" Good point -- I knew there was a reason I kept you around! Now, I want you to call my friend Randy and lay your penis on the receiver.
Hit the jump for a video demo of the sadness.
Thanks to Chris, who doesn't understand why they made the thing look like a pig. Maybe it's not, Chris, maybe it's just somebody's reaaaaaaaaally ugly girlfriend.