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"Poised between intransigent scepticism and uncritical credulity, it [science fiction] is par excellence the literature of the open mind."
- John Brunner

Virtual Kiss (Tactile Net)  
  A phone-like device that will communicate a kiss in a tactile manner.  

The virtual kiss is enabled by the amazing Joymaker, a wirelessly-networked personal digital assistant (PDA), one of science fiction's most remarkable predictions. The joymaker addresses Forrester, a man from the 20th century, in the quote below.

"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. It was disconcerting. No kissing lips were visible. There was a hint of perfumed breath, then a pressure on the lips - warm and soft, moist and sweet.

Startled, he touched his mouth. "How the devil did you do that?" he shouted.

"Sensory stimulation through the tactile net, Man Forrester..."

From The Age of The Pussyfoot, by Frederik Pohl.
Published by Ballantine in 1966
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The idea of a "virtual kiss" can be found in (mostly) various prototype devices created by artists who have something to say about human intimacy in the age of machines and the wireless Internet.

Be sure to take a look at Frederik Pohl's Joymaker for additional features.

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