Chinese Invention 'Where's The Tongue' Mimics Physical Intimacy For Long-Distance Couples
Chinese invention 'Where's The Tongue' mimics physical intimacy for long-distance couples.In the age of long-distance relationships, maintaining intimacy can be a challenge. However, a new invention from China called "Where's the Tongue" is offering a unique solution.
According to the South China Morning Post, the device consists of a pair of rubber lips connected to motors that simulate the movements of a real kiss. The device is designed to offer couples the experience of a real kiss, even if they are thousands of miles apart.
The device is attached to a smartphone app that allows users to send and receive kisses remotely. The motors in the device mimic the movements of a real kiss, and the app provides a visual representation of the movement, making it feel like a real kiss. The creators of the device claim that it is designed to enhance the emotional connection between couples, and to make long-distance relationships more intimate.
According to CNN, the device is designed to "stimulate the senses, create a feeling of closeness, and enhance the emotional connection between couples." The device is the talk of the town among Chinese social media users. The device uses pressure sensors and actuators to replicate the movement, pressure, and temperature of a user's lips while also transmitting the sound they make.
However, while some people found the device intriguing, others found it vulgar and creepy, expressing concerns about minors using it. The device can be used by downloading a mobile phone app and plugging it into the phone's charging port. Couples can then pair up on the app and transmit smooches to each other during video calls.
The device has been a hot topic on Chinese social media platforms, with several hashtags related to it receiving hundreds of millions of views in just a week. While some people were amused by the idea, others were skeptical about its usefulness and appropriateness. Despite the mixed reactions, many couples who have used the device seem to have enjoyed the experience.
The Changzhou Vocational Institute of Mechatronic Technology, a Chinese state-run institution, has reportedly patented the remote kissing device, as per the GlobalTimes, a state-run newspaper. Jiang Zhongli, the primary inventor of the device, cited his own long-distance relationship with his girlfriend while studying at the university as the inspiration behind the invention.
In my university, I was in a long distance relationship with my girlfriend so we only had contact with each other through the phone. That’s where the inspiration of this device originated.- Jiang Zhongli
The patent for the device was applied for by Jiang in 2019, but it expired in January 2023. Now, Jiang hopes that someone else can take the design and make further improvements.
In 2016, the Imagineering Institute in Malaysia launched a similar invention called the "Kissinger," which was a touch-sensitive silicon pad instead of realistic-looking lips, unlike the Chinese device.
Though the device is marketed towards long-distance relationships, it also includes a function on the app called the "kissing square," which enables users to anonymously pair up with strangers. If two users successfully match and like each other, they can request to exchange kisses. Furthermore, users can upload their own kisses to the app for others to download and experience.
On Taobao, China's largest online shopping site, dozens of users have shared their feedback on the device, which is priced at 288 yuan (US$41). One user wrote, "My partner didn't believe that (remote) kissing could be achieved at first, so her jaw dropped when she used it… This is the best surprise I have given her during our long-distance relationship." Another user expressed their appreciation for technology, saying, "Thank you technology."
The device raises questions about the nature of intimacy and the role of technology in our relationships. While some might view it as a bizarre and unnecessary invention, others see it as a creative and ingenious way to overcome the challenges of distance. As the world becomes increasingly connected, and people continue to form relationships across borders, it is likely that we will see more of these types of inventions in the future.
In conclusion, "Where's the Tongue" is an innovative approach to long-distance relationships and has the potential to help couples stay connected even when they are far apart. The device is a testament to the ongoing pursuit of closeness and intimacy, no matter where we are in the world. While some might view it as a strange invention, it is a creative solution to a common problem faced by many couples today.