If you’ve ever had a friend that was totally comfortable groping and making out with their significant other in front of you, you understand how awkward and off-putting that situation can be. Well, Hye Yeon Nam and Sam Mendenhall aim to bring that totally uncomfortable moment to your home console with their peripheral, the Kiss Controller.
So how does the controller work exactly? Well, according to the description provided, here’s how: “One player wears a headset that holds the left and right sensor near the wearer’s lips while the other player attaches a magnet to the his or her tongue with a denture adhesive. When they kiss, moving the tongue and magnet left and right registers to the sensors.” Basically, the tongue movement will control what happens on screen, whether that be directing a car or taking cover in an FPS. It’s a great way to bond with your significant other while playing games, by which I mean it’s a great way to cause fights over kissing ability. That of course assumes that the owner of this peripheral has a girlfriend, and odds of that are pretty low.
You can check out a video demonstration below, which proves a few things: It’s extremely uncomfortable to watch and be apart of, and it really doesn’t even work that well. Best of luck to these guys in the Indiecade finals. Maybe you can awkward the judges into voting for it.