Ore. inventor’s ‘KissMeter’ puts love to the test


SILVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — Pucker up! It’s time to put your kiss to the test.

Stu Rasmussen, the first openly transgender mayor in the United States, is known for his wacky inventions.

Former Silverton Mayor Stu Rasmussen is known for his wacky inventions. (KOIN)

“I have a reputation for doing odd stuff,” Rasmussen told KOIN 6 News.

The former Silverton mayor’s latest contraption is called the KissMeter. It’s found in bars, coffee shops and restaurants around the country.

“It’s an ugly metal box with flashing lights on it,” Rasmussen said. “This is supposed to be a fun project and a fun product.”

Rasmussen said the idea for the KissMeter came to him in February.

“You know, it has sort of that 1950’s, 1960’s feel to it,” he said.

Salem residents Adrian and Anne Jeffers decided to give the KissMeter a try and put their 65-year marriage to the test.

“This is a whole new thing,” Jeffers said. “When you’re our age it’s important to breathe.”

So, how exactly does the KissMeter work?

Inside the metal contraption is a small electrical circuit. It sends a current through both kissers, analyzing the kiss and the pair’s relationship.

“It’s entirely scientific,” Rasmussen explained. “It measures the intensity and duration of a connection of 2 people.”

It hasn’t been a cheap investment, either. Rasmussen said the coin-operated gizmo cost him an estimated $10,000.

“There’s still a market, it’s not dead,” he said. “When you have to decide between Mr. Right and Mr. Right Now, maybe you need some empirical measurements to do that.”

So far, the KissMeter is in a handful of states including California, Illinois, North Carolina and Iowa.

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