Let us talk frankly about technology and sex1, which are, as the old ad has it, two great tastes that taste great together. Let’s talk about vibrators, and teledildonics, and orgasms, and KinkBNB, and VR porn, and “Uber for escorts.” And let’s talk again about our collective inability to think about, talk about, and invest in sex in an even halfway enlightened way.
We live in the midst of a sex-tech Cambrian explosion, so much so that of late it has attracted stupid patents and patent trolls. You can download quantified-self sex apps like Spreadsheets, or games like HappyPlayTime which aim to “eliminate the stigma around female masturbation.” You can buy smart vibrators like the SmartBod, which tracks your sex data and adjusts to your reactions. Or vibrators for couples like the long- (or short-) distance Vibease (which we’ve covered before.)
Or the Eva from Dame Products, who blew the doors off Indiegogo last year. I felt unqualified to review the Eva myself, so I had a pro-domme friend known as “Madame V” (yes, I live in San Francisco, how ever did you guess?) review it for me/TC. She writes:
Eva is a labor of love spawned from a founding team composed of one sex therapist and one mechanical engineer. She promises to be the hands-free, strap-free sex toy for couples to enjoy together. After all, 70 percent of people with vaginas can’t orgasm from intercourse alone, but are generally able to orgasm via masturbation.
If Eva’s goal is to be non-threatening and therefore bring more pleasure to a larger vagina audience, it is achieving it swimmingly. After rigorous testing, its best use cases are 1) softcore missionary and 2) reading smut. However, the heathens among us know that the most uh, “rugged” sex toys include more complicated padding, not less.
All this iteratively better vibrator research is great! …but, these days, well, a little boring. Teledildonics and VR are the new sex-tech frontiers. Because why shouldn’t we eliminate the middleperson and get sex directly over the Internet, right? E.g. via the Kiroo Onyx & Pearl teledildonics set. (Currently one-way, alas, but hey, these are the Altair 8800s of the field.)