Feb. 22, 2011 at 12:28 PM ET
Kissing and bowling — they're two of our favorite pastimes. Thank goodness then that someone has come up with a way to make it so we can do both at the same time.
Artist Hye Yeon Nam has created the Kiss Controller — a controller that allows you to play a bowling video game by, well, kissing.
That's right ... move over Kinect, there's a new motion controller in town. Just add tongue.
In this particular game, one player wears a special head-set with magnetic-field sensors attached to the end of it. Meanwhile, the other player attaches a magnet to their tongue with Fixodent. (Uh...ewwwww.)
Nam explains on her Vimeo site:
While they kiss, the person who has the magnet on his/her tongue, controls the direction and speed of the bowling ball for 20 seconds. The goals of this game are to guide the ball so that it maintains an average position in the center of the alley and to increase the speed of the ball by moving the tongue faster while kissing.
Here's a look at the game in, uh, action:
Nam says she was inspired by what she'd seen with the Wii and Kinect controllers. But "Unlike existing game input devices, Kiss Controller seeks to generate the emotional experience of a kinetic act while users play the game rather than control games with their body," she explains.
The Kiss Controller certainly lends a whole new meaning to the term multiplayer gaming.
A digital media artist who works on audio, video, robotic installation and a Ph.D. candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Nam has experimented with the marriage of kissing and technology before. You can check out her Tongue Music project on her website here.
(Thanks to Kotaku for the heads up.)
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