In this study, a novel communication device for intimate users has been proposed. We focus on kisses, since kisses are haptic communications that can express deep emotion. This study considered that if we mutually present the haptic sensation to each mouth, we can convey the expression of emotion, deepen their relationship. A first prototype using water-balloons and a second prototype using bended rods have been developed. We also conducted an experiment to evaluate the effect of the device to the relationship between users, by measuring frequencies of eye-contact and smiles, and confirmed the effectiveness of our device.
- N. Takahashi, Y. Kuniyasu, M. Sato, S. Fukushima, M. Furukawa, Y. Hashimoto, H. Kajimoto, “Kiss Interface for Intimate Communications”, Journal of Human Interface Society, Vol.13, No.4, pp.53-62, 2011(in Japanese)