Another unique invention has emerged from Japan: the internet kissing machine.
The device is the first step in allowing two people to "French kiss" over the internet, according to its creators at Tokyo's Kajimoto Laboratory. The lab, part of The University of Electro-Communications, posted a video in which a researcher demonstrates the "Kiss Transmission Device," a motorized box with a plastic straw at the end.
In the video, Nobuhiro Takahashi, a graduate student and researcher at the university, manipulates the plastic tube on one device with his tongue. A program stores the movements on a computer and then transmits them to another device, causing its tube to move - presumably in someone else's mouth, according to CNN.
"The device is meant to help lovers in long-distance relationships keep that romantic spark alive by transmitting the tactile sensation of kissing from one person to another. "The elements of a kiss include the sense of taste, the manner of breathing and the moistness of the tongue,” Takahashi said. “If we can re-create all of those, I think it will be a really powerful device.”