Long-distance relationships may have become much easier thanks to this silicon remote kissing device invented in China. It is a hand-held device that enables couples to kiss across continents. Chinese university students in Changzhou City, East China.
How does it work?
The kissing device has lips attached to a contraption that makes kissing motions. Long-distance lovers would need to plug it into their phones. Make out with the lips, and the same movement is transmitted to the partner on the other end of the line.
It works with an app and pairs your phone with your partner. Once you’ve set it up, you dial the phone, and the phone transmits pressure, temperature, and noises. The gadget was patented by the Changzhou Vocational Institute of Mechatronic Technology and its inventor Jiang Zhongli.
Zhongli’s device patent ran out in January 2023, and he hopes that any future copies improve the device. He also hopes the device will help strengthen monogamous relationships. It’s also designed to help people with oral diseases kiss. But you can also use the device to kiss strangers. You can upload smooches for others to download and enjoy. The app also contains a matching function where people can exchange kisses if they like each other. The feature is called the “kissing square”.
The machine is available on Chinese e-commerce platforms for Sh5,400 ($42). The device has received mixed reactions. Some are freaked out by its lack of tongue, while others have appreciated receiving it as a gift.
Long-distance relationship aid alternatives to the remote kissing device
Unlike the remote kissing device, this contains a touchpad that transmits realistic kissing sensations to your loved ones. It doesn’t have lips but uses a haptic delivery system, and all it needs is a smartphone with an internet connection.
It was invented in Malaysia in 2016 and maybe a better option for people creeped out by the lippy kissing device.
2. Long Distance Touch Lamp
This is a more wholesome option than the remote kissing device. They have gone viral on social media. They contain two lamps that are placed in the individuals’ homes. Tapping one lamp makes the other light up. The lamps have different colour-coded lighting, letting the other user know the mood. It is a simple, elegant, decorative way to show your beloved you’re thinking of them.
3. Heartbeat rings
These rings enable you to hear and feel your partner’s heartbeat in real-time. You only need an app to pair your rings and devices to receive data from your partner’s ring. Tap the ring twice to feel your partner’s heartbeat.
4. Partnered sex toys
These are devices designed to help a couple simulate real-life sex. When one partner inserts the vibrator, the sensors send a signal to the partner device, enabling them to feel the corresponding sensations. They also have controls to help dictate the intensity of the encounter.
Remote control vibrators are also popular among couples in long-distance relationships. With the simple flick of an app, a partner can play with the other partner’s pleasure. It’s kinky but a lot more discrete than the remote kissing device.
Gloria Mari is a culture writer based in Nairobi, Kenya. She writes on art, film, literature, health, and the environment. She has previously written for Kenya Buzz, People Daily, The Elephant, and Kalahari Review.