The Internet kissing machine: There's an app for that

internet-kissing-machine.jpgEnjoy chatting online with your long-distance love but wish the experience was more tactile? You may be in luck.

Researchers in Japan have created a device that, potentially, could let you tongue-kiss someone over the Internet. Or at least manipulate a plastic straw with your tongue and have the movements replicated by a similar machine at the other end. We know: Hot.

A video of University of Electro-Communications grad student Nobuhiro Takahashi demonstrating the device -- which currently only runs through a single PC, but could be modified to work over distance -- has gone viral. In it, Takahashi explains that kiss data can be stored and replayed, so you can experience the same smooch over and over.

"For example, if you have a popular entertainer use this device and record it, that could be hugely popular if you offer it to fans," he says.

Of course, having a straw move around in circles isn't exactly the same as the touch of a loved one's lips -- a fact Takahashi understands and is working to replicate: "The elements of a kiss include the sense of taste, the manner of breathing and the moistness of the tongue," he says. "If we can re-create all of those, I think it will be a really powerful device."

True. And we expect the Internet porn industry to be making millions from it within minutes of its coming on the market.

Here's the video:

Photo/Video credit: DigInfo.tv