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Is this the future of sex? What I learned from trying a remote-controlled robotic sex toy

For decades, "teledildonics" have been hyped as the new wave in erotic technology. So I decided to test one out


Tracy Clark-Flory
August 5, 2014 3:00AM (UTC)

Robot sex is having a moment. Just a couple of weeks ago I "made" my husband try out a brand-new "blow job robot." Then last week OhMiBod premiered the blueMotion, an external vibrator that can be remotely controlled by an app, and which BetaBeat announced might "bring us close to computer-engineered orgasms." Obviously, it was my turn.

The vibrator is thin -- like original-iPod thin, not latest-iPhone thin -- and slips into an included pair of "one-size-fits-most" lace underwear. The idea being that you could inconspicuously wear the blueMotion out to a dinner party and your partner could tap on his or her iPhone screen under the table, making your fellow guests wonder at your inexplicable squirming. How devious, I like it! But that idea was quickly squashed by the volume of the vibration.

The coolest feature is that partners can use the blueMotion with Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth to connect across long distances, although it requires a one-time in-app purchase of $4.99. Also, you have to use Google+ to do this and, alarmingly, the default setting is to make your OhMiBod activity public. In other words, get that part wrong and, presumably, anyone in your circles -- including your boss and co-workers -- could see just how often you masturbate. A non-minor issue (unless you're me and your boss is the one aski...

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