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Is intimacy the true challenge of sexual robotics?

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As a culture, we have been obsessed with artificially intelligent non-humans for a long time. Cyborgs, androids, and robots have been a dream of humans for centuries, with many different uses for such creations running through our heads. Some want a robot to clean and cook; others want an android to go to war. Perhaps it is out of laziness or a vision of increased efficiency, the idea of having an ultimate submissive being appeals for countless reasons.

Including sex.

There is a proliferation of companies and groups working diligently to bring realistic, interactive sex robots and androids to market. There are also folks experimenting with cybernetics to artificially enhance their sexual prowess.

There is definitely an appetite for such products. We’ve seen increased interest in run-of-the-mill sex toys, such as vibrators and dildos, demonstrated through a boost in their sale and acceptance. People are also seeking out more involved ways to seek sexual pleasure, with the rise of teledildonics and synthetic lovers.

This is fantastic. People are understanding and recognizing their needs for sexual satisfaction and the products to achieve that pleasure are becoming more and more available. For the first time in centuries, more folks are feeling sexually gratified, and pure pleasure is on the rise.

Beyond sex

Isn’t it interesting then that some people are looking to bring another element back to our sexual interactions? Most of our erogenous zones are getting wonderfully stimulated… but what about our lips?

Think back to your first memories of intimacy and sexual desire. Think back to the first touches you’ve had with your partners. Those nervous and delicious moments in time frequently coincide with one, specific action. A near universal act of both desire and affection. The thing that has been lauded by poets and captured in song. It could also be the form of telesexuality that we didn’t know we were missing.

The kiss.

In many cultures, a kiss signifies a bond between people. Some would say, even more so than sex, that a kiss is the most intimate of experiences two people can share. Our lips and mouths are extremely erogenous and erotic. Increasing kiss frequency is one of the most frequent tips pieces of advice given to couples who are in a long-term or relationship, sexually waning relationships.

The intimacy of a kiss is also imbued in us from an early age through familial love and remains with us throughout our lives.

The technology of kissing

In fact, the power of the kiss is so strong that technology has emerged that could greatly benefit couples in long-distance relationships.

latest Kissenger

For example, a prototype called Kissenger could expand our intimate relationships and allow folks to remain deeply connected, even when physically separated. By embracing haptic and telecommunication advances, the kiss messenger device can sense the pressure and movement of one partner’s lips and then transmit those sensations to a paired device miles away.

The most recent iteration of Kissenger is specifically meant for mobile devices and comes from the Imagineering Institute. This version is spearheaded Adrian Cheok, and it has evolved from previous versions. It comes with a smartphone attachment and works with an app. Is there any irony that this type of intimate product is now connected to one of the devices that has been blamed for diminishing intimacy?

This device is built off of the work Cheok and Hooman Samani, Director of the AIART Lab (Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Technology Laboratory) worked on together. While a smartphone is the current delivery model, an earlier version kisses via a device akin to a microphone.

older Kissenger

The question remains: will people embrace physical intimacy via technology the same way we have embraced sexual fulfillment from toys?

Accepting distance intimacy

This is hard to say. There is some social precedent that points to Kissenger becoming widely embraced: the overwhelming force of social media. It has been argued that people are forming stronger bonds through social networks than they are through interpersonal interaction. We are exploring attraction and feelings, happiness and challenges, and dealing with them all through touchscreens and keyboards. We’re enjoying each other’s company from afar, so why not our touches from the same distance?

Another positive indicator for the Kissenger moves us back to sex toys. People are becoming quite fond of their sex products. Some folks form bonds with their favorite toys and consider them to be integral parts of their most intimate moments. The worry about “having sex with a piece of plastic” is on the downslope. So while the Kissenger might look like an r odd addition to your relationship toolkit, if we are motivated enough to ensure our interpersonal intimacy, we’ll pucker up and make out with anything.

Image sources: Imagineering Institute, Kissenger, khfalk

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Is It Time to Reframe the Sex Robot Debate? http://futureofsex.net/robots/time-reframe-sex-robot-debate/ http://futureofsex.net/robots/time-reframe-sex-robot-debate/#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:42:41 +0000 http://futureofsex.net/?p=10037 Legal ethicist suggests dropping arguments that rely on symbolic meaning of sexbots. We are facing an uncertain future regarding sex robots and their consequences, says legal ethicist John Danaher. And this view should shift the current debate on how, if at all, this technology is developed. Danaher, an academic based at the National University of […]

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Legal ethicist suggests dropping arguments that rely on symbolic meaning of sexbots.

Legal ethicist John Danaher speaks at the TEDxWHU event in February 2017.

We are facing an uncertain future regarding sex robots and their consequences, says legal ethicist John Danaher. And this view should shift the current debate on how, if at all, this technology is developed.

Danaher, an academic based at the National University of Ireland, Galway, laid out his argument at TEDxWHU last month in a 17-minute talk called “Symbols and Consequences in the Sex Robot Debate.”

It’s not his first time weighing in on the topic. In 2014, Danaher published a paper on whether robots will replace human sex workers, and another debating the criminalization of robotic rape and child sex robots.

Groups opposed to the creation of mechanical lovers tend to focus on their symbolic meaning and its consequences, Danaher explains in a video recording oh his talk.

For instance, the major objection of Kathleen Richardson, the founder of the Campaign Against Sex Robots, is that human-sexbot interactions will symbolically mimic exploitative interactions between sex workers and clients. As a result, sex robots and their use would condone objectification and reinforce negative attitudes toward women.

However, according to Danaher, the symbolic meaning of an act of object can vary by culture and also change over time. He gives cultural practices concerning the treatment of the dead as an example.

Furthermore, Danaher predicts that the social consequences of sex robots will be highly contentious and uncertain. He refers to debates on pornography to illustrate his point.

Even after forty years of empirical studies, there is no clear agreement on the effects of exposure to adult images. Some studies suggest negative consequences, while others suggest positive or no discernable effects.

So instead of falling back on subjective and uncertain social consequences to steer the sex robot debate, Danaher suggests focusing on fundamental value commitments.

He put forth these options:

  1. Embrace liberty and allow people to develop the technology freely
  2. Embrace uncertainty and allow monitored experimentation
  3. Act in a precautionary or risk-averse manner to prohibit or closely regulate development

For a more in-depth explanation of Danaher’s position, view the video above or read his blog post on the talk.

Do you agree with Danaher’s view on how we should reframe the debate on sex robots? Why or why not?

Image source: TEDx Talks

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Combating Crime in a Virtual Future Filled with Love and Sex http://futureofsex.net/virtual-sex/combating-crime-virtual-future-filled-love-sex/ http://futureofsex.net/virtual-sex/combating-crime-virtual-future-filled-love-sex/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:10:09 +0000 http://futureofsex.net/?p=10009 How can we best prevent exploitation as our erotic lives intertwine with the digital realm? The virtual reality platform AltspaceVR will soon host the world’s first VR wedding, Future of Sex contributor Alice Bonasio recently revealed on UploadVR. With Internet-connected sex toys—also known as teledildonics—this newly-wed couple could technically celebrate their honeymoon in VR as well. […]

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How can we best prevent exploitation as our erotic lives intertwine with the digital realm?

The virtual reality platform AltspaceVR will soon host the world’s first VR wedding, Future of Sex contributor Alice Bonasio recently revealed on UploadVR. With Internet-connected sex toys—also known as teledildonics—this newly-wed couple could technically celebrate their honeymoon in VR as well.

The upcoming ceremony presents a favorable view of romantic relationships and virtual reality, which brings to mind the Black Mirror episode, “San Junipero.” In it, two women fall in love and start a complicated relationship. But the degree of complication is beyond our current comprehension.

Not only do they meet in virtual reality, but this particular VR world was set up for those who have died, or are preparing to die, and wish to upload their consciousnesses into the system.

Breaking away from the typical Black Mirror plotline, this episode remained relatively positive. It had a combination of all good stories: love, sex, and a little of bit of a conflict. Other than that, however, it was a peaceful—albeit virtual—universe. And while I certainly hope our own future might provide similar results, we must think ahead about how to build a positive sexual future enhanced by technology, one that’s not vulnerable to or supports harmful and criminal activities.

Questions of crime

It’s unclear whether we’ll actually reach the point of achieving legitimate mind-uploading, which addresses the dilemma of physical continuity. What is clear, however, is that virtual reality is quickly making room for the ability of users to fall in love. In so doing, this will also make room for other ventures—both positive (sex) and problematic (crime).

As much as we’d like to believe otherwise, whenever any great technology comes into fruition, criminal behavior is almost always lurking nearby. We all thought that amazing and great things were ahead of us with the birth of smartphones. And while many great things did come as a result, many terrible things were unveiled as well, e.g. the iCloud leaks of celebrities’ private photos and videos in 2014.

With virtual reality, we shouldn’t expect anything less—many great things, alongside many terrible things as well. In VR, people will be able to hook up with an abundance of people more than willing to have a late-night fling. It wouldn’t matter what you actually look like in real life; rather merely what your avatar looks like. The anonymity that comes alongside virtual sex will be a huge selling point.

However, that very same anonymity will also likely cause plenty of legal troubles as well. Imagine that you’re completely immersed in some virtual world. Your goal is simple: get laid. You find someone who’s willing to oblige and soon get down to business. You find it thrilling that you don’t know who this person actually is—their gender, what they look like, ethnicity, etc. Your virtual partner feels the same way.

And as much as I wouldn’t want to put a dampener in this sexual experience of yours, there are certain questions you’ll need to ask yourself before actually going through with this: for one, what is the other person’s age? With virtual anonymity, you won’t actually know.

Another question you’ll need to ask yourself is one’s own personal security. Not only could your private, virtual life be at risk of being exposed to the general public, but the devices of which you use to enhance your experience could be hacked in the process. Whether you’re using haptic body suits or have implants embedded under your skin to help you achieve an orgasm, what happens when someone hacks into these devices and takes control?

Possible solutions

None of these questions, however, are meant to sway you away from ever using virtual reality—or technology, in general—as a means of enhancing your sexual life. Every great technology comes with great risks, and we shouldn’t be afraid of discussing these risks. Instead of allowing them to scare us into submission, advocating for the prohibition of the technologies listed above, we should begin considering ways of alleviating, if not altogether mitigating, said risks before they occur.

In doing so, not only will we not have to abandon these great technologies, but we’ll have made them potentially safer in the long run.

When it comes to ensuring that the people we hook up within the virtual world are of legal age, we’ll have to begin discussing ways of creating a system for VR that establishes a binding order of verification of a user’s identity. In the same way contract agreements are made, users who wish to partake in sexual adventures via VR will have to first prove their identity of which adheres to certain ethical standards, such as one’s age.

Blockchain

Of course, there’ll be people who’ll (rightfully) question the veracity of a user’s identity, not to mention question just how binding the agreement would be. To address this, we’ll have to rely on another emerging technology that will soon disrupt major industries across society, including law firms. This technology is known as the blockchain—a distributed database which operates under a peer-to-peer network.

To get a basic understanding as to how blockchain-based smart contracts will help address both the veracity and security of a user’s signed agreement, watch the video below:

Quantum encryption

As for the security of one’s devices, this is an ongoing issue that still befuddles engineers and users alike. Many believed that quantum computing might hold the answer to creating unhackable devices, given the fact that these computers rely on certain principles within quantum physics, such as Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. Unfortunately, this has since been proven incorrect.

Others are now beginning to apply other methods of quantum mechanics to address whatever errors are made in a quantum computer. For example, researchers have begun creating quantum teleportation systems which rely on the entangling of photons. As Wired notes in regards to this method, “Parties could encode a key into a pair of entangled photons and then each take one. An enemy that intercepted or stole one of the photons would be unable to replace it because the new photon would not be entangled.”

Once the parties realize that the properties of each measured photon no longer correlate, they’ll know they’ve been breached and act accordingly. This would ensure the security of each user’s device, but of course, like any great technology, a device’s encryption system is only as secure as those running it.

No matter what we do to address the possibilities of being hacked, whether we’re talking about our smartphones or Internet-connected sex toys, we cannot solely rely on even more advanced technologies, such as quantum encryption. With access to such advanced technologies, we must equally be smart users as well.

Be a smart netizen

In the end, the best way of staying secure is by being a smart digital citizen. Use passphrases instead of passwords; never write down login details or share your personal devices with others you don’t know; and never do something you might regret if, perchance, you were hacked.

We are certainly entering a brave new (and sexy) world. The future of sexual abundance is closely upon us, and everyone is welcome to the ride. And just like having sex here in the offline world, when you boot up and jack in, be smart and be safe.

Image source: UploadVR

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VRotica: Headset Exclusively for Adult Content Aims to Democratize Access to VR Porn http://futureofsex.net/immersive-entertainment/vr-porn/vrotica-headset-exclusively-adult-content-aims-democratize-access-vr-porn/ http://futureofsex.net/immersive-entertainment/vr-porn/vrotica-headset-exclusively-adult-content-aims-democratize-access-vr-porn/#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:30:27 +0000 http://futureofsex.net/?p=10011 Virtual reality sex shouldn’t be limited to the tech-savvy. Get ready for May, when a relatively low-cost VR headset dedicated to immersive adult content is set to hit the market. The developers behind the VRotica device want to give everyone who has the desire to watch VR porn, a simple, no-fuss way to enter the […]

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Virtual reality sex shouldn’t be limited to the tech-savvy.

The VRotica headset will launch in May 2017.

Get ready for May, when a relatively low-cost VR headset dedicated to immersive adult content is set to hit the market. The developers behind the VRotica device want to give everyone who has the desire to watch VR porn, a simple, no-fuss way to enter the niche. At $220 a pop, their invention could reasonably make its way into the homes of many VR enthusiasts and newbies, especially if its viewing experience lives up to expectations.

We spoke to the VRotica team to learn more about their intriguing piece of sex tech and how they plan on revolutionizing adult entertainment.

FoS: Can you tell me about the VRotica headset, your team, and your mission?

We are a small, self-financed software firm. We usually work in computer games and the London fintech industry. We have a vision for VR that we believe will democratize the functionality and make it available to people that are not tech-savvy. We are building niche specific platforms in which the consumer will buy into a niche, not a headset.

The platform consists of a very easy to use all-in-one headset. It has an “On” button, an “OK” button, and a “Back” button. The user just takes it out of the box, turns it on, looks at the video they want to watch and clicks the “OK” button. That’s it. No lighthouses, no 30-gig driver downloads, no trying to place a phone into a box. The headset is branded for the niche, and the user can point and click to download more content. Anything more complicated than this is done online external to the headset.

Since we are a small company, our first target niche is the adult content sector. The major reasons being:
– People are already creating content and have difficulty selling it.
– Sex shops are a perfect outlet to introduce a slice of VR functionality to the general public.

You can’t do anything else with VRotica, just download and watch adult content. The device is deliberately focused and restricted.

FoS: Why would someone prefer a VRotica headset over say Oculus Rift or a smartphone head mount like Cardboard?

The VRotica headset is for everyone over the age of 18. Literally everyone. Anyone that can take it out of the box, press the “On” button, and put it on their head, will find themselves immersed in a top quality pornographic production. The goal of the product is to make VR pornography accessible to anyone that wants to experience it.

We want to invite people into a new dimension, a “Sensual Reality.” VRotica should be considered a consumer sex product rather than a VR headset. Since it’s self-contained and sold at a very reasonable $220 price point, it’s an ideal high street consumer product. Obviously, there are tech savvy VR enthusiasts in the world that will build a rig for $2,000. This is a different kind of user and a different market altogether.

The VR enthusiast may be interested in owning a VRotica headset as well as their VR rig because it affords them the freedom of using the headset anywhere they wish. VRotica also makes it much easier to find content. In the VRotica headset, you can browse through available videos and just download and watch them with a simple click. In any other VR rig the user has to manually find, pay for, download, and side load adult content, since the generic stores will not allow the sales of these videos.

FoS: Since your device is restricted to adult content, how do you plan to convince consumers that a VRotica headset is a worthwhile purchase if they can’t also use it to access other VR films?

VRotica is not an alternative to an Oculus or Vive in a game store. It will sit next to the DVDs in a sex shop as an alternative, and immersive, way to watch porn. Our challenge is to convince adult content consumers to use VRotica rather than a DVD player or a browser on their tablet or PC. The product sells itself; once someone uses it, they can see what a huge difference it makes.

One of the overarching missions of the product is to build bridges between the everyday consumer, the 360 video creator, and producers of teledildonics. We are aiming to build a strong community around this mission and amplify our voice to get the word out to consumers.

FoS: Who can be a content creator and what adult content providers are you working with? I’m assuming users will only be able to access VR content from providers who are specifically on your platform?

We will be curating the content available in VRotica.

One issue adult VR users today have is that the product they are paying for may not be compatible with their particular rig, or may be of a low quality. We will make sure the videos are of a high quality and that everything is legal, from the production of the video to the point of sale.

Video creators are free to sign up for a publisher account and begin uploading videos. We will vet each video and add it to the online store accessible within the headset. We are currently working with the biggest names in the 360 adult space to build up a library of videos. However, we are also talking to indie filmmakers who would otherwise not have had an outlet to sell their videos. When VRotica goes to market in May, there will be over 100 videos available to download.
We will also be working with these producers to build interactive content, such as strip poker games. We are planning to add interactive content later on in 2017.

The entire VRotica experience is designed, so the owner simply has to point and click on the video they wish to watch. We will take care of the rest.

The product will be on show at the Phoenix Forum from March 22 to 25, anyone there that would like a demo should register their email here. Prototypes are currently available in the UK and USA, and our evangelists are touring Europe with them.

*The conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity

Image source: VRotica

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Sex Toy Maker We-Vibe Agrees to $3.75m Settlement in Privacy Lawsuit http://futureofsex.net/sex-tech/sex-toy-maker-vibe-agrees-3-75m-settlement-allegedly-tracking-user-data/ http://futureofsex.net/sex-tech/sex-toy-maker-vibe-agrees-3-75m-settlement-allegedly-tracking-user-data/#respond Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:04:02 +0000 http://futureofsex.net/?p=9992 Company allegedly collected intimate data without consent. Standard Innovation, the Canadian manufacturer of the Internet-connected We-Vibe vibrator, has agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle a privacy lawsuit that alleged it had collected intimate user data without permission. The We-Vibe is a line of Internet-connected “smart” sex toys that connect, via Bluetooth, to the We-Connect—a […]

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Company allegedly collected intimate data without consent.

Standard Innovation, the Canadian manufacturer of the Internet-connected We-Vibe vibrator, has agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle a privacy lawsuit that alleged it had collected intimate user data without permission.

The We-Vibe is a line of Internet-connected “smart” sex toys that connect, via Bluetooth, to the We-Connect—a proprietary app to allow users to control devices remotely and create custom vibration modes.

According to the agreement, Standard Innovation will pay up to $199 to each person who bought a We-Vibe sex toy before Sept. 26, 2016. Customers who used the We-Connect app to control the vibrator will receive up to $10,000 each. However, Standard Innovation denies any wrongdoing.

The settlement comes after a long series of technical, financial, and legal setbacks for the company.

Beginning with a hack

Standard Innovation’s difficulties began in August 2016 when, at the hacker convention DEF CON, a pair of New Zealand-based speakers revealed that the We-Vibe’s internet security was seriously lacking, allowing practically anyone to access a user’s personal data.

Security again came up in September 2016, when a woman identified only as N.P. sued the Canadian-based company in Illinois Federal Court for collecting, without user consent, personal information such as dates of sex toy use, time, duration, temperature, and even the IP addresses of smartphone users.

Being upfront about sharing

The crux of the suit, though, was less about sharing this information as it was about Standard

Innovation being upfront about it. As we reported earlier, the attorney representing N.P., Eve-Lynn Rapp of Edelson PC said: “When they [Windows or Apple] wants to track your diagnostic information about how you read your word document they actually ask you. It is usually something like, ‘we see your computer has shut down, can we send your diagnostics to Microsoft for analysis?’ There is nothing like that over here in this lawsuit.”

While not directly addressing the suit, Standard Innovation did post to its company blog in October of 2016 that it had upgraded the We-Connect app to better protect user security:

  • An option for customers to opt-out of sharing anonymous app usage data is available in the We-Connect settings
  • A new plain language Privacy Notice outlines how we collect and use data for the app to function and to improve We-Vibe products.

The terms of the settlement

Then, in November 2016, came news that Standard Innovation was planning to settle with the plaintiff. Legally, this was a way for Standard Innovation to deal with the lawsuit without the matter proceeding to trial.

The exact nature of this settlement, however, just came to light—and it’s more than likely made manufacturers of Internet-connected devices, sexual or otherwise, pay attention.

Going forward: privacy

In addition to the monetary compensation, Standard Innovation has promised to erase all personal data it has collected. Going forward, it says it will only collect information that cannot be identified with any user. Finally, the company must clearly identify when it is collecting some forms of user data.

In response to the settlement, Standard Innovation made the following statement to MarketWatch:

At Standard Innovation we take customer privacy and data security seriously. We have enhanced our privacy notice, increased app security, provided customers more choice in the data they share, and we continue to work with leading privacy and security experts to enhance the app. With this settlement, Standard Innovation can continue to focus on making new, innovative products for our customers.

While more and more products join the Internet of things, it’s clear that companies need to be extra-careful about not just security but also about being upfront about what data they might be collecting. Security and confidentiality should always be at the forefront of any product, especially when they are sexually intimate.

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Give Us a Remote Hug! The Evolution of Virtual Cuddling and What to Expect in the Future http://futureofsex.net/remote-sex/give-us-remote-hug-evolution-virtual-cuddling-expect-future/ http://futureofsex.net/remote-sex/give-us-remote-hug-evolution-virtual-cuddling-expect-future/#respond Wed, 15 Mar 2017 20:29:53 +0000 http://futureofsex.net/?p=9959 Emerging technologies let loved ones feel long-distance embraces. What with the recent developments in everything from teledildonics to sending virtual kisses, or even digital oral sex, it’s reassuring to know that researchers continue to strive for ways for people to share the most touching of touches—a hug—across the Internet. A brief history of remote hugging […]

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Emerging technologies let loved ones feel long-distance embraces.

What with the recent developments in everything from teledildonics to sending virtual kisses, or even digital oral sex, it’s reassuring to know that researchers continue to strive for ways for people to share the most touching of touches—a hug—across the Internet.

A brief history of remote hugging

In the last few years we’ve seen the development of the Teslasuit. The prototype allows wearers to experience a wide range of tactile experiences, including an embrace, via a network of electromagnetic nodes.

Then there’s the Hugvie: kind of interactive body-pillow, this creation from the Intelligence Robotics and Communications Laboratory in Japan provides a shared haptic experience between users. While the Hugvie doesn’t actually hug, it does create a simulation of a heartbeat based on the pitch and timbre of the sender. For those interested, a Hugvie runs for about $171 a unit.

Similar in design is the Parihug, which looks g more similar to a plush animal than a body pillow. But like the Hugvie, it can also record a hug and subsequently transmit a soothing vibration to its counterpart through an Internet-connected teddy bear.

Way back in 2012, there was the development of a much more literal form of embracing technology. Created by Cute Circuit—made up of Ryan Genz and Francesca Rosella—one HugShirt reads a wearer’s touch intensity, warmth, and heart rate and then transmits them to a receiver also wearing a HugShirt, via Bluetooth-enabled smartphones.

And if you aren’t wearing a HugShirt and want to send a hug to someone who is, you can send a digital hug with a special text message or even during a chat session.

What’s going on now with hugs?

Things have considerably picked up in the field of long-distance hugs, with some truly fascinating emergent projects and technologies.

Inspired by the need for some people on the autism spectrum to feel an embrace, but without the direct simulation of human contact, the T-Jacket is a garment that applies pressure to the wearer, with duration and degree being controlled by a smartphone app.

The benefits of this kind of contact are perfectly stated on the T-Jacket site: “Deep touch pressure can help improve the quality of life for people who face constant stress and anxiety.”

The T-Jacket and its mission bring up an important factor in the ongoing developments of virtual hugging systems, one of basic human needs. For those interested in sexual technology—and we know you are because why else would you be there—these technologies are sometimes thought of as peripherals. That they are a nice add-on to the already mentioned teledildonics mechanisms.

Sometimes all we need is a hug

Hugs have been proven, time and again, to be not just pleasant but tremendously beneficial to health and emotional wellbeing. So the true value of such products may not be immediately sexual but rather offer a possible solution to those who are depressed, feeling anxious, or just crave physical contact.

And perhaps someday soon when anyone wants a warm and tender embrace, they could have some inspired options and get the hug they earnestly need and absolutely deserve.

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