The inventor of China, which created kisses the car, after the COVID lockdown prevented him from seeing his girlfriend, has already sold thousands in just a few weeks – despite criticism for its lack of language.

“I was in a relationship then, but I couldn’t meet my girlfriend because of the lockdown,” inventor Zhao Jianbo told Reuters.

Zhao was a student at the Beijing Film Academy when he came up with the idea and based his thesis project on the lack of physical intimacy between couples during lockdown phone conversations.

China has imposed some of the strictest lockdown orders in the world, implementing a zero-tolerance policy on outbreaks of the coronavirusmeaning that residents often locked themselves in their apartments and houses to prevent the virus from spreading.

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Jing Zhiyuan uses the Long Lost Touch remote kissing device as he demonstrates to the camera how to use it during an interview with Reuters at his home in Beijing on March 12, 2023. (REUTERS/Tingshu Wang)

Zhao teamed up with Beijing-based Siweifushe, which released The MUA Kissing Machine January 22. MUA is named after the sound someone makes when blowing someone a kiss, according to Reuters.

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Spouses must download an app to engage the machines and pair the two MUA devices together. It is activated by a kiss and responds to kisses.

A Chinese couple kisses while visiting the Great Wall of China.

A Chinese couple kisses while visiting the Great Wall of China. (REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen)

The machine comes in a variety of colors with a pair of unisex silicon lips and retails for about $38, down from 260 yuan in China, according to Reuters.

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Jing Zhiyuan uses her phone next to the remote kissing device "A long lost touch" he demonstrates how to use it during an interview with Reuters at his home in Beijing on March 12, 2023.

Jing Zhiyuan uses his phone next to the Long Lost Touch remote kissing device as he demonstrates how to use it during an interview with Reuters at his home in Beijing on March 12, 2023. (REUTERS/Tingshu Wang)

More than 3,000 MUA machines were sold within two weeks of being on the market, with another 20,000 orders placed, Zhao claimed.

However, some users have criticized the machine, mainly for the lack of language, while others say the device makes them uncomfortable.

Jing Zhiyuan uses a remote kissing device "A long lost touch" he demonstrates how to use it during an interview with Reuters at his home in Beijing on March 12, 2023.

Jing Zhiyuan uses the Long Lost Touch remote kissing device as he demonstrates how to use it during an interview with Reuters at his home in Beijing on March 12, 2023. (REUTERS/Tingshu Wang)

Some also claim that the device can be used for pornographic purposes.

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Zhao said the company follows China’s strict regulations erotic internet contentbut that “there’s not much we can do about how people use the device.”

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