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KissPhone Misses First By Forty Years

The KissPhone is a cell phone concept from freelance designer Georges Koussouros. The basic idea is that if two people have one, they can exchange a kiss.


(KissPhone concept cell phone)

Romantically, the KissPhone uh, "kisser," is designed to detect "percussion speed, pressure, temperature, and sucking force of the lips, when you kiss it." Kisses can also be saved and forwarded. Wisely, Koussouros steers clear of having a selectable list of kiss "mail" (see Klausner iPhone Voicemail Suit Neglects SF Prior Art).

However, Koussouros is about forty years too late to have invented the idea. Frederik Pohl wrote about virtual kisses via tactile net in his amazing 1965 novel The Age of the Pussyfoot:

"Man Forrester, the personal callers are as follows:

...Adne Bensen: female, Universalist, Arcadian-Trimmer, twenty-three declared, five feet seven inches, experiencer-homeswoman, no business stated. Her kiss follows."

Forrester did not know what to expect but was pleasantly ready for anything.

What he got was indeed a kiss...

Startled, he touched his mouth. "How the devil did you do that?" he shouted.
(Read more about Pohl's Virtual Kiss (Tactile Net))

See the PROInvention KissPhone site.

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