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There is a social network that allows strangers to control each other's sex toys from afar

LovePalz Club is cybersex for the Tinder age: a little creepy, but just what the people want


Jenny Kutner
October 9, 2014 12:20AM (UTC)

Recently, I was given the opportunity to try the We-Vibe 4 Plus, a teledildonic vibrator that connects with both a remote control and a mobile app to allow a partner to control the toy's vibration patterns. The manufacturers tout the We-Vibe's benefits for long-distance couples that might want to foster some intimacy with the help of a Bluetooth connection, just like other sex toy companies selling similar products. I can't say I've used  the toy for that purpose, but I can say this: When I opened the box, I set the vibrator on my coffee table and went in my room to try the app. It worked, and my mind was blown.

Maybe I'm alone in this, but I find cybersex's leap from the AOL chatrooms of my youth to the camera-tipped vibrators and Bluetooth enabled sex toys of today pretty astounding. But there is one new development, I think, that embodies near-perfectly just how far cybersex has come (pun intended,, I guess): LovePalz Club, a Taiwanese social network that allows complete strangers around the world to control each other's sex toys from afar. It works like Tinder, except without the same potential for IRL intercourse.

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“We expect all kinds of users,” LovePalz spokesperson Viv Lu told the Daily Dot. “LovePalz Club is a platform for people who get tired of old-fashioned social networks and [are] looking for stimulation.”

And stimulation the app provides, in conjunction with the company's teledildonic toy, Twist. The toy comes in two different styles -- one for women and one for men -- and has vibration speeds and patterns that can be controlled online. LovePalz users can flip through photos of other users anonymously until they've found a match, and can then decide whether or not they'd like to engage. The app does allow for texting and video calls, but solo play with a Twist device is strongly encouraged.

So... what does this mean? First of all, as Betabeat notes, it could mean fewer real-life hookups or one-night-stands, which isn't the worst thing from a public health perspective. After all, LovePalz and other teledildonic devices (when used alone) don't carry a risk of STI transmission or unintended pregnancy. Of course, LovePalz in particular has a lack of partner intimacy, which could turn some people off. Or it could just be a cool new way to spend a night alone -- but not totally.


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