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The Mathematics of Sex Toys, Revisited

Quite some time ago, I wrote a post about the Most Annoying Sex Toy Ever, a hypothetical wearable vibrator that would run in an irregular pattern that the wearer could never get used to, but which also would not get the wearer off.

Lately I've been playing with an Arduino programmable board, and I've come one step closer to achieving that goal! This is a prototype of an annoying vibrator that's intended to frustrate the user but not get the user off. I'll post more about it later, but for now here's a teaser.

Interestingly, someone else who's read my previous post has written an Arduino program to do sine wave mixing the way I talked about in my earlier post, though the Arduino software I've written works a bit differently. The software I've written delays for a random time between 15 seconds and a minute and a half, then randomly chooses a pattern to run the vibe in. Each pattern has random variability baked into it, so whoever is wearing it can't identify the pattern when it starts.

Once the prototype is tested and made more portable (it doesn't have to be tethered to the laptop to work, just to upload the software to the Arduino board), I'll probably be posting schematics and software. Stay tuned!

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May. 24th, 2011 04:03 am (UTC)
I forget the specifics of it, but in Outliers, Gladwell discussed why the Chinese numerical makes it easier to learn basic math, giving Chinese children an advantage in learning it. It's sort of the same kind of thing.
May. 24th, 2011 04:03 am (UTC)
... you know, that totally got posted to the wrong thread. That was supposed to go to the one about memorizing numbers and/or shapes.
May. 26th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
There's some interesting research that it has more to do with the length of the word used in basic math and counting. Kids seem to pick up monosyllabic math words/concepts/functions much quicker.
May. 26th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I remember that being mentioned in the book. I'd love to see more detailed research on it, though.