One of the hardest things about being in a long-distance relationship is being unable to share physical affection with your partner. Jiang Zhongli, a Chinese student, knew the pain of that all too well. Fed up with not being able to be close to his girlfriend of seven years (now his ex, sadly!), he invented a kissing device that lets him lock lips with his beloved over the miles.
Chinese social media has been going nuts over Jiang’s invention, simply being called a “kissing device.” It comes with silicone lips, pressure sensors and actuators, and can literally mimic the mouth movement of the person on the other end. In other words, it’s just like a real kiss… sort of.
Jiang Zhongli’s kissing device is making quite a splash across China
Remote kissing device recently invented by a Chinese university student. The device is designed specifically for long-distance relationships and can mimic and transfer the kiss of a person to the “mouth on the other side” pic.twitter.com/G74PrjfHQA
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To make things even more impressive (?), Jiang Zhongli has also made it possible to replicate the sound a person makes while kissing. That means long-distance couples can feel more like they’re actually kissing in person. To get it to work, all you need to do is download a mobile app, put your phone into the device’s charging port, and get ready to lock lips. You can even do live video chats while using the device.
He also believes it’s a great way to promote monogamy since you can only pair up the kissing device with one other receiver at a time, the South China Morning Post reports. That means you can’t just go around smooching whoever you want!
While many people online thought it was a great invention for those in relationships who were away from one another, not everyone was impressed. Many dubbed the kissing device “vulgar” and “creepy.” Others pointed out it was just plain weird. “Man, this is just wrong…” one person remarked. Another added, “The aliens can come get us at any moment. I’m ready to leave this place, it’s getting really weird!”
The device is currently for sale on Chinese e-commerce site Taobao. It costs around $38, if you’re curious! While it’s not for everyone, many people are sure to find it useful. Sorry, no tongues!