May 7, 2012

Another device for distant non-verbal interaction (similar to Feel Me) is Kissenger by Dr. Hooman Samani. Created under a the research umbrella Lovotics (Love and Robotics) at Keio-NUS CUTE Center, a collaborative artificial intelligence lab between the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Keio University of Japan, the Kissenger are a pair of devices you use with your loved one to transfer a kiss over distance. Kissenger:

provides a physical interface enabling kiss communication for several applications facilitating intimate human tele-presence with the real and virtual worlds…With the aid of digital communication media and advanced robotic technology, the system takes the form of an artificial mouth that provides the convincing properties of the real kiss.

The system propose and enables three modes of possible kiss interaction:

1. Human to Human tele-kiss through the device: bridges the physical gap between two intimately connected individuals. Kissenger plays the mediating role in the kiss interaction by imitating and recreating the lip movement of both users in real time using two digitally connected artificial lips.
2. Human to Robot kiss: enabling an intimate relationship with a robot, such technology provides a new facility for closer and more realistic interactions between humans and robots. In this scenario, one set of artificial lips is integrated in a humanoid robot.
3. Human to Virtual character physical/virtual kiss: provides a link between the virtual and real worlds. Here, humans can kiss virtual characters while playing games and receive physical kisses from their favorite virtual characters. Further, Kissenger can be integrated into modern communication devices to facilitate the interactive communication between natural and technologically mediated environments and enhance human tele-presence.

This is an interesting concept but is essentially drifting into the area of teledildonics. It’s not unique as I’ve seen devices similar to these before from the very serious to artistic parodies however I’m not sure what the thinking is behind making it look like a cute pig.

Originally seen on Valentina Tanni’s weblog.

    Posted by: Garrett @ 4:20 pm

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