Long-distance relationships aren’t easy. When your only form of contact involves a computer, FaceTime and creative late-night texts (if you get my drift), it can become all too easy to lose that lovin’ feeling. These days, it isn’t uncommon for work to send us all over the globe, making it even more important for couples to find ways to keep the fire burning when one person is in New York and the other is in Thailand, for instance. These six bizarre but amazing products and apps for long-distance couples will help you feel more connected to the one you love, even when you’re miles apart.
1. Pillow Talk’s heartbeat pillow
Here’s how this sweet heartbeat pillow by Little Riot works: You and your partner both wear wristbands that can pick up on your heartbeat and send it to your significant other (in real time, to boot). The wristband then connects to your pillow and, voilà, you get to fall asleep to the sound of your partner’s heartbeat. What could be more romantic?
2. We-Vibe Sync
Not only is this vibrator waterproof, but it also comes with a remote control and a smartphone app, so your partner can operate it in real-time. Talk about long-distance traveling.
There’s a time for romance and then there’s a time for hot long-distance sex — and, yes, it’s completely possible to have both. Back in the day, and I’m talking just a few years ago, the only way you could get off with your partner while existing miles apart was by masturbating or using sex toys while connecting via Skype. Not the worst option, but you’re still missing out on your partner’s reactions and movements. Enter Lovense — sex toys that you can control via your smartphone, which puts you in the driver’s seat when it comes to how you’ll give your partner pleasure.
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Kiiroo’s Onyx is an interactive masturbator that connects to video chat via Bluetooth and then moves in sync with your partner’s actions as they use their sex toy. So, basically, this is the closest you’ll get to real-time sex when you’re apart. Both the Onyx and Pearl toys are sleek and discreet, but at $249 and $149, respectively, they’re also expensive. If you spend a lot of time away from one another, though, they’re also totally worth it. Be aware: The Onyx is only available in Europe at the moment.
You want to share photos, personal updates and important upcoming dates with your partner — but you’d rather not have hundreds of prying eyes checking in on your every move as a couple. Couple gives you all of the benefits of a social media site, with the understanding that you only wish to be social with one another. The app also has a ThumbKiss feature that allows you to connect with your partner by touching your phones in the same place, which creates a buzz effect. You can get it on Android or iOS.
Once you get over the fact that you’re pressing your lips against a robotic device, Kissenger is a pretty interesting way of connecting with your partner through a “physical interface enabling kiss communication.” In a nutshell, you kiss one device, your partner kisses another, and you’re supposed to feel one another’s lip movements through the robot.
A version of this article was originally published in April 2016.