Future of Sex http://futureofsex.net Latest insights into how human sexuality is changing Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:42:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 http://futureofsex.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/cropped-512px-FoS-favicon-32x32.jpg Future of Sex http://futureofsex.net 32 32 Researchers Want to Use 3D-Printed Genitals to Teach Blind Students About Sex http://futureofsex.net/sex-tech/researchers-want-use-3d-printed-genitals-teach-blind-students-sex/ http://futureofsex.net/sex-tech/researchers-want-use-3d-printed-genitals-teach-blind-students-sex/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:41:41 +0000 http://futureofsex.net/?p=9656 Pilot program focuses on making sex ed more accessible. In a bid to make sex education more inclusive, groups in the United States have teamed up to create 18 3D-printed models of sex organs, including a flaccid penis, an erect penis, and a vaginal opening. They hope the models will make sex education more meaningful […]

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Pilot program focuses on making sex ed more accessible.

In a bid to make sex education more inclusive, groups in the United States have teamed up to create 18 3D-printed models of sex organs, including a flaccid penis, an erect penis, and a vaginal opening. They hope the models will make sex education more meaningful to students with visual impairments.

The organizations include Benetech, a non-profit organization based in Palo Alto, California, Northern Illinois University (NIU), and LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco.

Visual aids like graphics, pictures, and videos are such core aspects of medically accurate sex education classes that most students with visual impairments have trouble participating, the researchers say. A 2014 study led by Dr. Stacy Kelly of NIU,  who is a part of the effort, found 61% of adults with visual impairments had to rely on verbal explanations because it was difficult to learn from teaching materials.

Even with 2D tactile pictures of sex organs, it’s difficult for blind students to generalize information in the courses, said Dr. Gaylen Kapperman, also of NIU and involved with the project. Three-dimensional models “are the only types of models that make any sense to blind people.”

There are an estimated 285 million people with visual impairment worldwide, of which 39 million are blind, according to the World Health Organization. Approximately 19 million children below age 15 are visually impaired, including 1.4 million who are irreversibly blind.

Lower costs, more diversity

The use of 3D-printing to produce realistic models can drastically reduce costs for schools. Commercially available models cost hundreds of dollars, according to Benetech. Such high prices make it difficult to justify purchase for schools that may only have one blind student every few years. In the United States, for example, the vast majority of blind students attend mainstream schools and spend 80% or more of their time with children without visual impairments.

The research group is still looking into the most effective ways to distribute the models. Worldwide shipments of 3D printers were estimated to have doubled in 2016 to 455,772 units, according to the latest report from research firm Gartner. But schools may have different types of printers, and many do not have a printer at all.

That’s why Benetech, NIU, and Lighthouse for the Blind are testing the program this spring with five middle and high schools, including those with and without 3D printers. It will provide files for teachers to print on their own and already-printed models for teachers who can’t.

The organization will use the pilot to determine how teachers acquire the models, and to capture the specs for differences between printers. Once teachers have been able to test the models in their classes, Benetech says it will disseminate the findings and plans to continue research.

Three of the 18 models are being tested now. “If this pilot is successful and funding is available, we will look to design up to 15 more models to support sex education programming not only for students who are blind but also for students with other disabilities, or maybe no disabilities at all,” a Benetech spokeswoman said.

Image sources: Benetech, Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Loretta Chao is a reporter covering sex from New York. You can follow her on Twitter @lorettachao

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VR Porn Studio Releases POV Head Rig for Max Intimacy Between Actresses and Viewers http://futureofsex.net/immersive-entertainment/vr-porn/vr-porn-studio-releases-pov-head-rig-max-intimacy-actresses-viewers/ http://futureofsex.net/immersive-entertainment/vr-porn/vr-porn-studio-releases-pov-head-rig-max-intimacy-actresses-viewers/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:55:27 +0000 http://futureofsex.net/?p=9633 Filming more immersive virtual reality sex. Let’s get this out of the way: the new recording rig recently released by VR Bangers [NSFW] is less an erotic fantasy and more the stuff of nightmares. That is, if disembodied heads stir up in you an unsettling uncanny valley response. But this new piece of technology isn’t […]

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Filming more immersive virtual reality sex.

Adult studio VR Bangers will shoot films with a POV head rig.

Let’s get this out of the way: the new recording rig recently released by VR Bangers [NSFW] is less an erotic fantasy and more the stuff of nightmares. That is, if disembodied heads stir up in you an unsettling uncanny valley response.

But this new piece of technology isn’t designed to be in an adult VR film, but rather to be behind the scenes as a recording tool: giving viewers an even more just-like-being-there feeling.

Boris Smirnoff, the CTO of VR Bangers told The Daily Mail: “The rig was built especially for adult VR scenes because we noticed that there is a much warmer and more intimate emotional attachment between the performer and the recording device if the device itself is able to be kissed, caressed, and whispered to in the same sort of ways that a real person would sense those subtle communications.”

It’s really quite a remarkable idea. Normally, when filming a VR adult film the actors have to try and relate to a stereophonic camera setup and a pair of microphones. The placement of both the audio and visual pick-ups can be off, making the final product less than immersive.

What VR Bangers has done is put the cameras and the microphones into a plastic head, giving the actors something more human-like to relate to. It also makes sure the audio and video recording pickups are optimally positioned for playback later, and humans to enjoy.

“Stereoscopic cameras right where its eyes would usually be, true 4K resolution at a mouthwatering 60fps using multiple cameras on the front, back, and top of the head to capture every angle, along with state of the art binaural sound microphones in each ear to add a level of realism to each whisper, moan, and shift in sound,” Smirnoff added.

Unfortunately, this innovative new virtual reality recording rig wasn’t part of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES); though, the rig did make the cut and was featured at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in January.

As Smirnoff also said in an interview with The Memo: “Our industry has always been at the forefront of improving interpersonal technologies.”

Image source: VR Bangers [NSFW]

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Adult Stars Replaced by Digital Copies? It’ll Happen Sooner Than You Think! http://futureofsex.net/sex-tech/adult-stars-replaced-digital-copies-itll-happen-sooner-think/ http://futureofsex.net/sex-tech/adult-stars-replaced-digital-copies-itll-happen-sooner-think/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:06:19 +0000 http://futureofsex.net/?p=9604 Classic sex icons may return to the screen in their former youthfulness. When Carrie Fisher passed away late last year, mixed among the commiserations and sympathies was an interesting question: would Lucasfilm, the producers of the new Star Wars films, be digitally recreating her for future installments of the franchise? Welcome to the 21st century: […]

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Classic sex icons may return to the screen in their former youthfulness.

An adult film star poses at the 2009 Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas.

When Carrie Fisher passed away late last year, mixed among the commiserations and sympathies was an interesting question: would Lucasfilm, the producers of the new Star Wars films, be digitally recreating her for future installments of the franchise?

Welcome to the 21st century: when it’s not just possible to resurrect an actor or actress, but it’s common enough that it’s become an almost recurring question when a star passes away.

Digital rebirth

Ironically, while Lucasfilm has said it has no plans for Carrie Fisher’s likeness to be computer generated in the future, it had already opened the door by inserting the artificial likeness of Peter Cushing, who passed away in 1994, in Star Wars: Rogue One. Fisher, herself, was also depicted in the film as the youthful princess she had been nearly 40 years earlier.

And Lucasfilm wasn’t the first. Paul Walker, who died before Furious 7 was completed, was similarly given a second digital life to finish the film, as was the late Oliver Reed for 2010’s Gladiator.

Speaking of Brad Pitt’s aging in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which was totally done through CGI, Digital Domain’s digital effects supervisor Darren Hendler told The Telegraph: “Very few people watching that film even knew that [CGI] was going on. We are at the point where we can create a digital version of an actor that is indistinguishable from the real person.”

In just a few years, the technology has gone from clumsy first attempts to frighteningly realistic iterations. Fast forward a few more years and soon we’ll have films that don’t just feature a few scenes with computer-generated actors, living or dead, but entire productions.

And, as with a lot of technological innovation, adult entertainment may very well lead the way—and which might soon put adult performers out of work.

Sex will lead the way

We already see a bit of this in adult films using CGI cartoon characters. But while a lot of them almost playfully embrace their unrealism to deliver some erotically outrageous physics—especially where breasts are concerned—soon we’ll be seeing adult entertainment that will look as good as, if not better than, the real thing.

The allure is undeniable: CGI actors don’t get tired or age, can get into any position, can outlast anyone (or anything), and can be put indefinitely on a shelf—to be brought out and used again when they come back into fashion.

Some might see, with this new world of digital actors and actress, a subculture of people interested in “real” actors. Sure, that will be a thing—for a little while. That is until the technology once again passes a hurdle: when we can’t, ever, tell digital from human. At this point, it would just mean a matter of tweaking the software to make the action even more lifelike: cellulite, bald patches, crooked teeth and more.

When will we see CGI adult stars?

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The superior software will first be developed by the big movie studios, who have the bucks to really get it going. But soon it will be thoroughly embraced by the adult industry.

Part of that will be because, unlike the family and fans of someone like Carrie Fisher, adult stars will, unfortunately, have few people protesting their digital resurrections. Unless, of course, someone wants to take and use one of those mainstream actors in a digital adult production.

More than likely the first of the adult stars to be recreated will be legends like Bettie Page. Then we’ll also begin to see aging stars embracing the technology to recreate themselves, minus a few decades. They’ll be able to license their likenesses to create even a form of digital alternative reality: want to see what happened when Bettie Page met Ron Jeremy? Soon you’ll be able to.

Software for our hardware

This, of course, will change how adult stars are hired as well as how their careers might run. Instead of shooting in front of cameras, a periodic scan will be done, so their likeness can look more realistic by aging over time. The serious, and sexy, action will then take place on a hard drive: eroticism via software.

As with the licensing of celebrities for sexbots, they’ll soon be a whole world of people using entertainers, adult variety or not, in their own erotic productions at home. And, again as with pleasure androids, the smart people will be the one’s releasing their faces and forms with added extras and higher resolution to entice people to pay instead of just pirate.

Jumping ahead a few more years and we’ll see the end of humans in the adult industry altogether—no longer in front of, or even behind, the figurative cameras. Artificial Intelligences will then be studying and making minute adjustments to the erotic content of any production, perhaps reading the viewer’s pulse rate and breathing patterns to know when to ramp up, or turn down, the action.

Ironically, when this happens human beings will probably be enjoying erotic entertainment like they’d never seen before: finely tuned, precisely constructed, using CGI replicas of both real people as well as completely artificial creations—software produced by software but enjoyed by human beings.

Image sources: Jimi Photog, Pierre Tourigny

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OMGYes Wants to Break the Taboo Around Women’s Pleasure http://futureofsex.net/sex-tech/omgyes-wants-break-taboo-around-womens-pleasure/ http://futureofsex.net/sex-tech/omgyes-wants-break-taboo-around-womens-pleasure/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:15:18 +0000 http://futureofsex.net/?p=9610 Sex-ed startup takes female sexuality out of the shadows. After initial testing, it quickly becomes apparent that there’s a very carefully conceived formula behind OMGYes, and it reads something like this: Information + Communication + Demonstration = better relationships + orgasms That ethos permeates every complex layer of this slick and well-researched site. It defines […]

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Sex-ed startup takes female sexuality out of the shadows.

Interactive and instructional sex-ed site OMGYes demystifies women's pleasure.

After initial testing, it quickly becomes apparent that there’s a very carefully conceived formula behind OMGYes, and it reads something like this:

Information + Communication + Demonstration = better relationships + orgasms

That ethos permeates every complex layer of this slick and well-researched site. It defines itself as a “sexual pleasure research website” aimed not only at women, but at couples and men as well.

“Approximately half of our users are female and half are male,” says co-founder Lydia Daniller.

“It’s for anyone curious about learning more ways to make a great thing even better. Couples who are constantly exploring ways to make sex more pleasurable are five times more likely to be happier in their relationship and 12 times more likely to be sexually satisfied. Women use the site to explore more ways to touch themselves and guide their partners, while men and partners are adding new, research-based tools to their toolbox.”

Shifting the focus

OMGYES was founded by former housemates, Lydia Daniller and Rob Perkins. The two have been friends for more than 10 years after meeting in college. A lesbian and a straight guy, their conversations about sex led to the realization that in a supposedly progressive society, women’s pleasure was still a huge taboo. Looking at the resources available, they were saddened to find that even academics and scientists hadn’t researched the details.

“There didn’t even seem to be words for the specific things women find pleasurable,” Daniller recalls. What started as a series of interviews grew into a much bigger project as they literally opened up a Pandora’s Box. They found so many women eager to share their stories and insights. Prominent sexologists and researchers were also keen to conduct groundbreaking studies.

Four years later, their San Francisco-based team now includes a varied group of researchers, filmmakers, engineers, designers, educators, and sexologists who are passionate about creating an honest, practical resource on women’s pleasure.

Users can now explore newly uncovered insights breaking down the specific ways different women and their partners increase and enhance pleasure—like edging, hinting, and layering.

OMGYes teaching sex technique such as hinting, edging, and layering.

Full access to the site requires a one-time payment of £25, a model they describe as akin to buying a book: once purchased you’re free to revisit as often as you like. The added bonus, however, is that this fee also grants access to content and resources that will be added in future.

All in all, it’s probably the best-value money you’ll ever spend. It’s not often you find yourself thoroughly impressed with a first-generation product—teething problems are part and parcel of tech offerings after all—but after spending a considerable amount of time exploring it, both myself and my husband were left stumped for things to criticize. So how does that actually work?

Demystifying sexual pleasure

For each topic and technique, you have a variety of videos (over 50 are currently available). Short introductory ones show a variety of real women (these are crucially not trained actors, yet they are confident, vibrant, eloquent, and passionate) sharing candid insights on what gives them pleasure.

Separate videos then show explicit (literally hands-on) demonstrations of how those techniques work in practice for them. Everything about the treatment, tone, and look of those videos is extremely tasteful and slick. Personally, at no point did I feel even the slightest bit uncomfortable watching them.

You then have the opportunity to try out the specific techniques through unique touchable video simulations. They work on your tablet, mobile touchscreen, or laptop/desktop. These basically depict an “interactive vagina” which you can manipulate at will—receiving encouraging audio feedback from the same mentor who explained and demonstrated the technique in the previous videos—until you manage to bring it to the point of orgasm. The gamification of the experience is not something you’d necessarily expect to work, yet it does.

OMGYes's instructional sex-ed videos offer demonstrations.

Groundbreaking research

For those who want to dig deeper on why these techniques feel good, there’s also a lot of science to get stuck in, with statistics showing the prevalence of each variation and infographics clarifying exactly how they work. OMGYes conducted extensive research with over 2,000 women aged from 18 to 95.

“The details of women’s sexual pleasure have hidden in the shadows for far too long, and the taboo hasn’t helped anyone,” says Daniller. “The topic has been so taboo that even scientists hadn’t studied the specific, various ways of touching that feel good for different women. People are ready for an honest, clear-headed look at the nuances that can make all the difference in pleasure.”

The research took place over a period of two and a half years in two phases. First, OMGYes staff conducted over 1,000 in-depth video chat qualitative interviews with women giving insights into their “sexual journey” and how they discovered what works best for them, and what they wished all partners knew about women’s pleasure.

For the second phase, they partnered with two researchers from Indiana University’s School of Public Health, Debby Herbenick and Brian Dodge, to conduct the 2015 OMGYES Study of Women’s Sexual Pleasure with 1,055 women, ages 18 to 95. This study, they claim, is the first-ever, large-scale, nationally representative study on the specifics of women’s pleasure.

According to Daniller, however, there’s still quite a lot left to explore: “Due to the incredible response, we have already begun the next series of studies exploring the specific ways pleasure changes over a lifetime. Much of the revenue raised will fund future research aimed at de-stigmatizing and demystifying more and more facets of sexual pleasure.”

Image sources: OMGYes

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The Dreamy Desire Review: We-Vibe, Touch and More http://futureofsex.net/remote-sex/dreamy-desire-review-vibe-touch/ http://futureofsex.net/remote-sex/dreamy-desire-review-vibe-touch/#respond Sat, 11 Feb 2017 03:08:51 +0000 http://futureofsex.net/?p=9587 One We-Vibe product is great. The Dreamy Desire Collection is luxury combined. Our relationship with pleasure products has certainly come a long way. It wasn’t too long ago that the idea of using a sex toy involved making a trip to a seedy little shop in a bad part of town. There you’d pick a […]

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One We-Vibe product is great. The Dreamy Desire Collection is luxury combined.

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Our relationship with pleasure products has certainly come a long way. It wasn’t too long ago that the idea of using a sex toy involved making a trip to a seedy little shop in a bad part of town. There you’d pick a sub-par device that was probably grotesque looking, poorly constructed, loud enough to wake the entire block, and possibly even gave off a questionable odor. But that was what was on offer and if you wanted alternate means of sexual satisfaction, well, you had to make due. Those were the Dark Ages of sex toys.

Now, with the hyperspeed rate of technological advancement and consumer awareness, sex products have become state of the art, body safe, and a helluva lot more attractive than back in the day. This turnaround in both philosophy and quality has permeated throughout the adult pleasure industry, but it took some leaders to get this shift started—a few touchstone products to set the bar higher.

Enter We-Vibe.

Setting the standard

Ever since the first We-Vibe was introduced by Canadian company Standard Innovation Corporation, it has been a benchmark product that has changed the face of pleasure for many people. It is the most successful and best-selling couples toy on the market and competitors have been trying to catch up to its tech and quality ever since. Over the years the classic We-Vibe has been complemented by the Touch, a rechargeable base, lube, a remote, and more to provide a robust line of sexual enhancement toys.

This year, Standard Innovation Corporation is offering a combination package, the Dreamy Desire Collection. It showcases the company’s commitment to both intimate physical connection as well as teledildonics—for when you and your partner are in different places.

The spotlight

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The two main components of Dreamy Desire are limited editions of both the We-Vibe 4 Plus and the Touch. We-Vibe 4 Plus is the marquee toy in the pack and it is easy to see and feel why. Soft and pleasant looking, it is a good update that features strong, quiet vibrations.The We-Vibe is also an extremely versatile product. It is specifically designed to maximize female pleasure, with sensations reaching both the clitoris and G-spot simultaneously. And these dual sensations can be achieved together with a partner as well as on your own during masturbation.

That said, the idea of “together” is definitely changing in these times of rapid technological progress. The first twist comes through We-Vibe’s ability to be controlled via remote. Either partner can increase the speed or change vibration pattern without having to fiddle around with a small toy in a tight spot. Be warned, though: the remote is small. If you’re playing in bed, it is very easy to misplace among sheets and blankets.

Sexy connection

But really, a remote is so old school. We-Vibe has jumped on the sex tech train that is speeding down the track with its own app We-Connect—an easy to use, but sophisticated addition that allows people to stay sexually connected, even when they are apart. Just as with the We-Vibe itself, Standard Innovation has created a great product with We-Connect. Once you get synced via Bluetooth the app can control vibration speed, pattern, and be stopped and started at will. It is actually really fun to play with, even apart from the sexytimes happening!

A new innovation

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Now, while the We-Vibe is certainly the crown jewel of the Dreamy Desire package, the Touch should not be underestimated. The Touch is a small but powerful vibe that finally embraces the actual shape of a woman’s body. While I cannot speak to traditional vibrators and vulva, they have always seemed awkward—both to hold and in how they seem to be interacting with the clitoris.

On the other hand, the Touch seems much more ergonomically and anatomically helpful in helping women enjoy sensation and orgasm. Fortunately, my partner was interested in helping and testing and verified this thought. It was a very satisfying experience when she used it on herself and when I held it to her.

Super when slippery

One important note about using the We-Vibe: you have to use a significant amount of water-based lube to enjoy the toy. Both internally and externally. We have long enjoyed We-Vibes and are aware of this, but even a couple veterans didn’t prepare quite enough. She found the clitoral stimulator rubbing uncomfortably while I could feel the interior portion rubbing uncomfortably against the corona of my penis. Fortunately, Standard Innovation understands this need and includes a bottle of We-Vibe lube (created by pjur). Adding the lube helped our situation immensely.

The Dreamy Desire Collection is truly a premium pleasure package. From Day One, the We-Vibe has been a true groundbreaker—and with each new product Standard Innovation Corporation continues to excel.

*I was provided the products in exchange for an honest review. This review includes affiliate links.

Image sources: Jon Pressick

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New Emotion-detecting Technology Opens Doors to Wide-ranging Sexual Possibilities http://futureofsex.net/sex-tech/new-emotion-detecting-technology-opens-doors-wide-ranging-sexual-possibilities/ http://futureofsex.net/sex-tech/new-emotion-detecting-technology-opens-doors-wide-ranging-sexual-possibilities/#respond Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:46:16 +0000 http://futureofsex.net/?p=9532 How can remote sensing change your sex life? In a development that could have wide-ranging implications—and intriguing erotic possibilities—researchers at the Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT) have developed a method of reading human emotions using wireless signals. The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) team, made up of Professor Dina Katabi, Fadel Adib, and […]

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How can remote sensing change your sex life?

A group at MIT is making it possible to detect someone's emotions with radio waves.

In a development that could have wide-ranging implications—and intriguing erotic possibilities—researchers at the Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT) have developed a method of reading human emotions using wireless signals.

The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) team, made up of Professor Dina Katabi, Fadel Adib, and Mingmin Zhao, presented their new technology at the Association of Computing Machinery’s International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom) conference in October of last year.

How do you feel?

Before the development of the what the MIT team is calling the EQ-Radio system, the only way to reliably read someone’s emotions was through intrusive, and uncomfortable, body sensors—as in standard lie detection equipment.

What EQ-Radio does is bounce wireless signals off a subject, measuring fluctuations in their pulse rate and respiration.

“Just by knowing how people breathe and how their hearts beat in different emotional states, we can look at a random person’s heartbeat and reliably detect their emotions,” Mingmin Zhao said in a press release.

Remarkable accuracy at a distance

What’s really extraordinary about EQ-Radio is its precision. Using their new algorithm, the team has achieved an 87% accuracy rate in reading emotions like anger, sadness, happiness, and excitation.

Professor Dina Katabi said, “Our work shows that wireless signals can capture information about human behavior that is not always visible to the naked eye.”

The MIT team envisions their technology being integrated into smarthome systems, being used for everything from fine-tuning various forms of entertainment to keeping a digital eye on the mental health of the residents.

“We believe that our results could pave the way for future technologies that could help monitor and diagnose conditions like depression and anxiety,” Katabi added.

The future of reading emotions

While those are two excellent uses for the emotion-detecting technology, other possibilities come immediately to mind. The first would be a tool for law enforcement: giving officers, especially in hostage situations, a critical negotiation tool.

Then there’s sex—and here’s where things really get interesting. We’ve already seen the development and application of an app that monitors the user’s emotional state, and even going so far as automatically “unfriending” those who cause depression and anxiety. So why not couple that technology with EQ-Radio?

This way people could gain not only the ability to know their own emotional, sexual personal reactions, but also those of the people around them. It would definitely be a way to take a lot of the clumsy guesswork out of meeting, and being intimate with, other people.

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Coupled with augmented reality glasses, it could also be an invaluable resource for those who feel challenged in judging other people’s emotional states. A handy icon flashed next to a person’s face immediately informing the wearer that they are happy, sad, upset, or—better yet—turned on.

Similarly, the smarthome use of EQ-Radio could be a great way to enhance sexuality. As the system monitors your behavior from everything from masturbation to partner play, it would know when, exactly, to do things like dim the lights, increase or decrease the temperature, or even tweak the performance of any sex tech being used.

And just think of the teledildonics possibilities: as you and your remote partner are enjoying yourselves, EQ-Radio would be able to invisibly synch you both emotionally as well as physically through similar adjustments to the sex tech hardware.

It could similarly be a key component to the development of sexually responsive artificial intelligence and sexbots. When your synthetic playmate reads you as being nervous, it could become more reassuring. When it detects arousal, it knows to proceed. When it picks up on confusion, it knows when to take things slowly—all without needing to touch a control or speak a command.

How do you feel about all this?

While there’s always the potential this kind of technology could be used inappropriately, it could also be a huge help to those needing assistance in reading other people’s emotions. It could also be a way to help develop a healthier, more satisfying sex life.

It all comes down to how you feel about it—and if you’re unsure about that, then this is where EQ-Radio might just come in.

Image sources: MITCSAIL, Frank Behrens

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