Surprisingly, it isn’t French

It’s the Japanese who have come up with this remote-smooch device:

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.”

The Space Pope was not available for comment.


  1. Brett »

    5 May 2011 · 9:53 am

    I thought U.S. college professors didn’t have enough to do — they’ve got nothing on their counterparts across the sea…

  2. Squirrely wrath »

    5 May 2011 · 1:13 pm

    Once again proving that, when it comes to truly creepy weirdness, the Japanese are absolutely world-class.

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