Kiss Communicator

The Kiss Communicator is a a concept prototype that allows you to blow a kiss to your beloved when s/he’s at the other part of the world.


To let a partner know that you are thinking of her or him, you squeeze the Communicator gently. It responds with a slight glow to invite you to blow into it and create your “message” in the form of an animated light sequence as the device responds to your breath. The “message” shows while you blow and if you are happy with it, you simply relax your grip and it is sent to the corresponding Communicator. Sensors in the handheld device pick up your kiss, translate the impulse into a series of randomly lit LEDs, which are then transmitted as a slow glow to your partner’s device. On the other end, the Kiss Communicator indicates that there is a message but waits until its owner squeezes it to play back the light sequence.

In 2004 and 2005 i’ve blogged so many devices for long-distance relationships*, but IDEO ‘ kiss communicator dates back to 1999!

* the table connection, body-drawing communicator for distant partners, robotic pillow for grannies, communicating via pillows, the Phildo, telesquishy, Tok Tok and Tug Tug, the Hug Shirt, etc.