All those parents spending countless hours fighting to ensure their kids don't get caught up in sexting are going to flip out when they see what some students at Japan's Kajimoto Laboratory at the University of Electro-Communications have made: a gadget that simulates the feeling of a kiss over the Net.
The box, which resembles a mix between a breathalyzer and a public restroom soap dispenser, was built to respond to the kisser's tongue. Here's how it works: A person on one end rotates the straw in one direction, and the person holding the device across the digital divide will feel the straw turn in the same direction, simulating what they perceive as a kiss.
The students behind the project are just getting started, they envision a lot more upgrades to be made to their kissing device. "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."
They also see it being popular with the entertainment industry: "If you have a popular entertainer use this device and record it, that could be hugely popular if you offer it to fans."
The only entertainment industry we see this being a fit for is the one based in San Fernando Valley.