There really is an app or accessory for everything, even for people who live in long-distance relationships and wish they could kiss their partner more easily.
With this new kissing machine, they can. And yes, there is an app they need to download from app store.
The device in question is called MUA, a name apparently based on the sound people make when blowing a kiss. We’re not sure, but it’s actually the least weird thing about the whole product.
Buckle up. It gets weirder from here.
3,000 sold in two weeks
The guard (opens in new tab) And Reuters (opens in new tab) report that MUA was the brainchild of Beijing Film Academy student Zhao Jianbo, who found he missed being able to touch his partner during China’s strict COVID-19 lockdowns.
“I was in a relationship at the time but couldn’t meet my girlfriend because of lockdown,” says the inventor. So he founded a company called Siweifushe and built MUA. The device retails for 260 yuan ($38) and has proved so popular that the new company has sold more than 3,000 devices in its first two weeks of availability. The total number of orders at the time was around 20,000, the report said.
So what are we looking at here? Well, the MUA looks a bit like a car phone holder and you attach your iPhone to it the same way. Beneath the phone are the silicone lips – you can get different colors on MUA devices, but the lips are all the same unisex lips – and this is where the magic happens.
Thankfully, the phone is a fair distance from the kissing action. You won’t rub your nose all over best iPhone money can buy.
To use MUA, an app must be downloaded and then paired with the machine. If they kiss it, MUA kisses back. And, somewhat oddly, users can apparently download kiss data submitted by others.
Of course, MUA is not something that everyone needs. But there’s clearly a market for it, and if it helps people, all the better.