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Update #4 on the sex toy you can feel

As regular readers of this blog know, my partner Eve Rickert and I are hard at work on a whole new type of sex toy: a strapon dildo covered with sensors that use direct neural stimulation so that the person wearing the strapon can actually feel the device. The idea is that it exploits the brain's plasticity to become a part of the wearer, so it feels like something you are rather than something you're wearing.

We have a prototype and I'm currently working on a far more sophisticated second-generation prototype. We're also doing market research to try to refine our design approach and get a sense of who would be most interested in this device and what their needs are.

We just presented about the device at Arse Elektronika, to great interest:

Here's where you come in!

We've put together a survey to ask people about themselves and their interest in this device. The results of this survey are kept confidential and will be used to help us figure out how many people find this device appealing and who you guys are.

It takes about 10 minutes to do, and people who do the survey can optionally enter a giveaway for one of two $50 Amazon gift cards. (The giveaway is only good for users in the US and Canada, sorry.)

Take the survey here
(Note: The survey is now closed. Thank you so much to everyone who responded!)

If you know anyone else who's interested, please feel free to share this survey far and wide. Tell your friends! Post in mailing lists! Help us spread the word!

Want to keep up with developments? Here's a handy list of blog posts about it:
First post
Update 1
Update 2
Update 3
Update 4
Update 5
Update 6
Update 7
Update 8
Update 9


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 16th, 2015 03:41 am (UTC)
Bionic cock? Seriously?
I don't get the "sex toy you can feel" part ... as a transgender man, I've been wearing dildoes/harnesses for years and I can *feel* every stroke, every thrust...to the point of orgasm/ejaculation. So I'd like to hear what exactly it is about this *bionic cock" that elevates it above that which has for years already proved utterly satisfying.
Oct. 16th, 2015 06:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Bionic cock? Seriously?
I could do with a bionic cock cos I don't have anywhere near as much fun with a strap on as you do.
Oct. 17th, 2015 04:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Bionic cock? Seriously?
I haven't had the same experience, to say the least. What are you using? What recommendations can you make?
Oct. 17th, 2015 06:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Bionic cock? Seriously?
We're definitely interested in knowing how our device compares with what else people are using now, and there's a question about that in the survey. Some people are happy with the options available to them, and others aren't. We're trying to understand how large each group is.
Oct. 16th, 2015 06:29 am (UTC)
Very minor suggestion for your survey questions: instead of " gender" for a list that includes cis and trans, use something like "gender experience". It's a little thing, but whenever I see it as you've currently got it I presume the asker doesn't get transgender stuff, just I like I do when I see transgender used as a noun ("a transgender"). Since it's your very first question it could easily set the wrong tone, even though the next page has more clueful questions.
Oct. 16th, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
Very good idea, but..
As a trans-man I have always wanted a prosthetic that I could feel with. Dildos do not have nerve endings and cannot feel. My fingers do have nerve endings, and I prefer them.

But many trans-men would have a problem with how you are transferring the sensation. The clitoris is analogous to the penis, not the vagina.
Oct. 17th, 2015 06:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Very good idea, but..
Thanks for this. This is exactly the kind of feedback we're looking for in the survey. We understand that a lot of trans men aren't comfortable with an insertable device, and we hope to be able to develop an external version. One of the things we're trying to understand is how many people would prefer each type. There's a question about that in the survey.
Nov. 26th, 2015 06:54 am (UTC)
Re: Very good idea, but..
i don't entirely agree, since the 'g spot' is part of the clit
Oct. 16th, 2015 06:53 pm (UTC)
As A sex toy consultant and strap on specialist, this news excites me! Wow well done! I'll get this survey sent around to my database soon x
Oct. 20th, 2015 08:01 am (UTC)
Out of curiousity, can you speak to how your toy is similar to and/or different from Orgasmatronics Inc.'s existing Ambrosia Vibe: http://www.westword.com/news/meet-the-ambrosia-vibe-the-worlds-first-bionic-dildo-5124581

There seem to be a couple of fairly big differences (i.e. the neural stimulation aspect) but other aspects of the technology are strikingly similar. Maybe an opportunity for collaboration, if you haven't been in touch with them already.
Oct. 20th, 2015 09:34 am (UTC)
The guy who developed the Ambrosia is on our advisory team. :)
Jan. 6th, 2016 08:57 pm (UTC)
Oh no, I'm too late to take the survey T_T
Jan. 6th, 2016 09:30 pm (UTC)
I'm too late T_T
My friend alerted me to this page when i was talking about how much i wish i had a dick. But the survey is closed.
Jan. 10th, 2016 01:37 am (UTC)
Awesome idea
I am a tad too late to fill in the survey now, but would still like to comment.

As a transman, this toy thrills me, "unfortunately" I wouldn't be able to use it because I don't have a vagina anymore (I had metaidoioplasty done), so I would be very interested in an external version. I'm from Germany (where this operation is covered by insurance) and know at least 5 guys with a meta that would love an external version of this (I'm gonna try to spread this site like wildfire on the groups I know here).

I know this might be taking things too far (might be worth considering for a very distant future though), but there are also many transmen who do the phalloplasty operation, which usually doesn't offer much sensation on the "neo-penis", so it might be worth considering something like a sleeve version too (I only know one guy who had phalloplasty and still has his vagina, so it would probably only work as an external version).

And I have no idea what this would be like, but I am wondering how it would feel like if instead of having a vaginal insert, the insertion would be anal (just thinking out-loud, might be worth testing?).

Keep up the good work and thank you for this marvelous idea!
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