A Chinese start-up has developed a long-distance kissing machine to combat loneliness in long-distance marriages.
The MUA gadget is named after the sound humans make while blowing a kiss.
It sends users’ kiss data recorded by motion sensors hidden in silicon lips, which move at the same time when replaying kisses received.
MUA also captures and replays sound and warms up slightly during kissing, making the experience more authentic, said Beijing-based Siweifushe.
Users can even download kissing data submitted via an accompanying app by other users.
The invention was inspired by lockdown isolation when people were prevented from living their homes in China.
“I was in a relationship back then, but I couldn’t meet my girlfriend due to lockdowns,” said inventor Zhao Jianbo.
He was a graduate student at the Beijing Film Academy at the time, and his thesis project focused on the lack of physical intimacy in video chats. He later founded Siweifushe, which launched MUA, its debut product, on January 22. The device costs 260 yuan ($38).
He claims that in the two weeks following its debut, the company sold over 3,000 kissing machines and received over 20,000 orders.
The MUA has the appearance of a movable stand, with colorless pursed lips protruding from the front. Couples must download an app on their smartphones and pair their kissing machines to utilize it. When they kiss the device, it returns the kiss.
The device is available in several colours with the same unisex lips.
MUA is not the first remote kissing device. Researchers at Tokyo’s University of Electro-Communications invented a “kiss transmission machine” in 2011, and Malaysia’s Imagineering Institute made a similar gadget called the “Kissinger” in 2016.