October 13, 2015
According to an article on thestreet.com, from 2008 to 2013, sex toy industry sales rose an impressive 12.5%, and the industry is projected to be generating $52 billion in annual sales by 2020, almost four times the sales garnered last year. Growth seems to be driven by both the ease and anonymity in purchasing over the internet as well as a shift in cultural values.
The industry market has significant opportunities for growth and technological advances. We are just starting to see programmable dildos, virtual sex systems, interactive male masturbation devices, and connected devices for shared experiences. I’ve highlighted a few new toys to give you a taste of what’s out there and fuel your imagination for what’s to come!
For the ladies, I’d like to introduce a clitoral stimulator. Not only does it allow for remote programming it has a special place in my heart as an erotica author. Imagine listening to your favorite romance or erotica story complete with programmed vibrations in perfect sync with the audio fantasy. The Vibease lets you enjoy every second of the journey all the way up until the exciting intense “conclusion”. Stay tuned for a personal update next week!
Immersive experiences targeting males focus more on the visual aspects of arousal. With technology such as the oculus rift, we are closer than we have ever been before in terms of a virtual reality that is able to express the subtle nuances of the real world. As we close the rift between virtual and reality the doors open for a completely virtual sexual experience. Companies are toying with this opportunity considering pairing a VR headset with a masturbatory device such as the fleshlight. Last year a Japanese company Tenga, debuted an erotic video game, a Fleshlight-like contraption, and the Oculus Rift to create a VR sexual experience.
If you are a DIYer, Hacker or interested in code, Comingle had a vibrator for you – The MOD, which is completely programmable and completely open source. I haven’t had the opportunity to check this one out yet but can’t wait. It’s like the best of both worlds – having all the ingredients to make a kick ass meal with a personal touch!
Couples who are traveling don’t have to forego intimacy any longer. Webcam models and their subscribers can incorporate interactive play to their sessions. Lovense offers toys that are able to responds remotely as well as compatible male / female toys that interact with your partners actions during play time. Don’t have a partner – no worries, other companies are working on platforms that will allow remote interactivity with others on the site. LovePalz offers his and hers toys as well with the added benefit of a social club where you can enter a chatroom, pair your toy and have fun!
Are you excited? I am!
SexTech – the next adventure in pushing boundaries and limits and dreaming to be DesireBound.