The University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo has unveiled its latest invention: a robotic tongue that lets you kiss people over the Internet.
Well, not everyone. (Not that you’d want to, particularly.) Like Star Trek’s transporters, the first is useless until there’s a second one:
Designed for “communication in the mouth”, the invention consists of a motion-sensing receptacle that records your tongue’s movements. The saucy information is then transmitted across the Internet to a corresponding machine in your partner’s mouth.
Theoretically, I suppose, it could be placed, um, elsewhere; or, as SteveF says: “[D]ifferent strokes for different folks. And, speaking of strokes, I wonder when the obvious next step will be taken.”