New Delhi: Technology has helped break many barriers and it is now helping overcome the physical distance in exchanging the primal human expression, the kiss.
Hooman Samani a researcher specialising in artificial intelligence at the National University of Singapore's Keio-NUS CUTE Centre has developed a system called Kissenger, a kiss messenger.
Kissenger consists of a pair of robots that enable kisses to be transferred over a long distance. The robots come in the shape of a ball with oversized silicon lips.
The two digitally connected artificial lips imitate and recreate the lip movement of both users in real time.
Kissenger is a part of Lovotics, Samani's research on human-to-robot relationship.
The technology can be put use for different kinds of interactions:
- Human to human tele-kiss that bridges the physical gap between two intimately connected individuals.
- Human to robot kiss, in which one set of artificial lips is integrated in a humanoid robot.
- Human to virtual character physical/virtual kiss, where humans can kiss virtual characters while playing games and can also get kisses in return.
Hooman Samani's another Lovotics project is the Mini-Surrogate that involves miniature robots as acceptable surrogates of humans for telecommunication.Inside the Kissenger
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