For iPhone users, Vision Time has been an invaluable app, allowing lovers separated by thousands of miles to see and talk to each other (as long as both are on WiFi, using unlimited data plans and have purchased the premium version - other video phone apps are available). However, all lovers could do was talk. Not any more.
"There's a new applelet from French app designers, Le App called iKissU," said App World! editor, Mac Buck. "In the interests of research only, I've finally got to kiss Daphne the researcher. Twice!"
The app encodes a kiss using the ultra sensitive AMOLED screen on the iPhone, and using haptic control of the screen, gives the sensation of the same kiss on another phone.
"Apparently," said Buck, "human lips are exquisite in their sensitivity. This is what makes the app work."
In order to test the app in the App World! office, Buck had his researcher, Daphne, send him a kiss through iKissU.
"We then had to verify that it felt the same as a real kiss," said Buck. "Which I am happy to report, it did. She's a very good kisser."
The current version of iKissU only allows live kissing, but a future version is already in the works that will allow a stored kiss to be sent as an attachment to emails or text, whilst at the other end, kisses can be replayed.
"The future's looking good," said Buck. "I can't wait until this French company perfect French kissing!"