Future of Sex http://futureofsex.net Latest insights into how human sexuality is changing Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:47:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 http://futureofsex.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/cropped-512px-FoS-favicon-32x32.jpg Future of Sex http://futureofsex.net 32 32 Can a Heat-activated Penile Prosthesis Solve Erectile Dysfunction? http://futureofsex.net/augmentation/can-heat-activated-penile-prosthesis-solve-erectile-dysfunction/ http://futureofsex.net/augmentation/can-heat-activated-penile-prosthesis-solve-erectile-dysfunction/#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:17:44 +0000 http://futureofsex.net/?p=9375 Unique approach shows promise for ED sufferers. Brian Le, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s urology department, has developed a novel approach to tackling erectile dysfunction: the creation of a metallic, heat-activated penile implant or “bionic penis.” Currently, the main type penile implant available are inflatable: fluid from a reservoir in the user’s lower abdomen are […]

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Unique approach shows promise for ED sufferers.

A nitinol implant extends from a flaccid resting state when heated.

Brian Le, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s urology department, has developed a novel approach to tackling erectile dysfunction: the creation of a metallic, heat-activated penile implant or “bionic penis.”

Currently, the main type penile implant available are inflatable: fluid from a reservoir in the user’s lower abdomen are used to expand the implant, allowing for an erection.

While many men who’ve had this type of penile implant can have sexual intercourse, both patients and doctors long for an alternative. The inflatable implant requires surgery both of the penis and in the abdomen, where fluid is stored. Using the implant can also be tricky, as it requires a manual pump—usually placed in the patient’s scrotum.

An ideal replacement would be one that is much simpler, both to implant and use.

This is where Le and his “bionic penis” concept comes into play.

Le’s proposed implant doesn’t use fluid, but rather depends on the properties of nitinol. Often called smart-metal, nitinol is a nickel-titanium alloy that can be bent or twisted and yet return to its original shape after being heated.

“We’re hoping that, with a better device, a better patient experience, and a simpler surgery, more urologists would perform this operation, and more patients would want to try the device,” Le said in a press release.

Le’s device, once surgically implanted, would be activated by a low-intensity heating device applied to the outside of the penis. Once sufficiently warmed, the nitinol would return to its expanded form—and thus give the user a satisfactory erection.

So far Le’s testing shows his nitinol-based implant offers great promise and, while there is much work to be done, he hopes it will be available for use within the next ten years.

Image source: University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Haptic Holograms: Feel and Play with Beautiful Model Using Interactive VR Controllers http://futureofsex.net/immersive-entertainment/haptic-holograms-feel-play-beautiful-adult-actress-using-interactive-vr-controllers/ http://futureofsex.net/immersive-entertainment/haptic-holograms-feel-play-beautiful-adult-actress-using-interactive-vr-controllers/#respond Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:21:36 +0000 http://futureofsex.net/?p=9377 Immersive sex is changing the world of adult entertainment. PrimaVR, a European virtual reality startup, has exciting VR porn news. The company has released adult videos that let users not just interact with sexy holograms, but also to feel them through haptic feedback. Running on high-end VR headsets, such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the […]

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Immersive sex is changing the world of adult entertainment.

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PrimaVR, a European virtual reality startup, has exciting VR porn news. The company has released adult videos that let users not just interact with sexy holograms, but also to feel them through haptic feedback.

Running on high-end VR headsets, such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the new application makes users’ virtual reality hand controllers vibrate when they reach out to touch an adult actress. The performer appears in a virtual environment, thanks to playback of digitally recorded 3D images.

According to PrimaVR, the type of touch feedback users experience will vary based on their actions, though the current system is limited to a small degree of variation.

However, Anton Bailey, a spokesperson for the company, said in a press release that PrimaVR is working on increasing the range of possibility: “We will keep pushing this technology forward, simply because hologram videos have such great potential.”

Erotic holograms also respond to touch via virtual reality controllers. For example, if you push your hand on a performer’s body, it displaces the virtual soft tissue, and touching her breasts will create a slight jiggling effect. You can also take advantage of positional tracking, which allows users full freedom to move their heads and still view content from different perspectives.

Additionally, part of PrimaVR’s mission is to create technology that doesn’t just innovate but is also affordable. According to the website, the PrimaVR team works to create hologram technology “well suited for film producers that can’t use $20k-150k for hologram capture setups that it usually would require.”

Clearly, PrimaVR’s holograms are worth a look—especially for moderate-budget adult entertainment producers—and even or anyone interested in developments in haptic technology.

A pre-recorded demo of the new PrimaVR application can be viewed here [NSFW].

Image source: Marco Verch

*The article has been revised to reflect that PrimaVR is based in Europe. 

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The Fleshlight Review: Stamina Training Unit http://futureofsex.net/sex-tech/fleshlight-review-stamina-training-unit/ http://futureofsex.net/sex-tech/fleshlight-review-stamina-training-unit/#respond Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:50:07 +0000 http://futureofsex.net/?p=9357 Unmatched in pleasure and market presence, the best-selling male sex toy continues to evolve. It takes a lot of cultural sway for one particular brand to become ubiquitously attached to the need it services. Just think about one everyday item that is closely related to sex products. After a particularly good time, do you reach […]

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Unmatched in pleasure and market presence, the best-selling male sex toy continues to evolve.

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It takes a lot of cultural sway for one particular brand to become ubiquitously attached to the need it services. Just think about one everyday item that is closely related to sex products.

After a particularly good time, do you reach for a Kleenex or a tissue? Chances are you’re thinking “Kleenex” even though there are many different tissue brands on the market. Such is the power of the product’s hold on our collective conscience.

In the world of sex, the most recognizable brand name in the marketplace is Fleshlight [NSFW]—despite the fact that penis-engaging sex products have long taken a backseat to devices geared toward clitoral or vaginal stimulation.

But there’s a distinct reason for this: the Fleshlight is, was, and will always be considered a sexual gamechanger. No other sex product has garnered such a critical and cultural response as to make its very name a part of our cultural—sexual and otherwise—lexicon. Sure, we talk about vibrators, plugs, lube, but when male masturbation toys are mentioned, the word Fleshlight is, invariably, noted before sleeve or stroker.

And there is a very distinct reason for that: the Fleshlight is that damn good.

Pretenders to the throne

There have been many flash-in-the-pan sex products released over the years. Many of them have garnered a lot of buzz but then fallen to the wayside. Not Fleshlight. Having been in mass production for about 20 years now, the company is constantly innovating and expanding. In fact, it is fairly ironic that one of its biggest selling products, the Stamina Training Unit (STU) [NSFW], embodies the company’s place in the sex market. You’re going to learn sexual stamina from the best!

I’ve had a couple STU’s over the years, and whenever I bring them out for fun, I know I am guaranteed a satisfying and highly pleasurable sexual experience. In fact, even as sex products advance and gain new and exciting features, the design and materials of the Fleshlight ensure that it will always be among my favorites.

Works for you

It is kind of funny: if there is one aspect of the Fleshlight STU that might turn some people off, it is the visual design. It is somewhat clunky, and the thought of disembodied genitalia might be a bit much for some folks to handle.

It is called Fleshlight for a reason—it was modeled after an actual flashlight. Combining these two factors could make a person hesitant. However, that’s just the outer appearance, and it can be modified.

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There are different body shapes available (mouth, vulva, anus); however, there is also a non-descript opening. And some of the other Fleshlight models are far more sleek and stylish in terms of casing. If aesthetics do inform your arousal, these are important factors.

However, if performance is the key, then the simple-but-effective mechanism of the STU is sure to impress. The moniker Stamina Training Unit isn’t just a catchy name. Any user can attempt to learn new levels of staying power throughout penis stimulation, with just a simple turn of the base.

The end of the STU screws open and closed. The more open it is, the more air is allowed into the unit. This provides less air pressure on the penis. However, if you decrease the airflow or seal the unit, a more pronounced sucking or squeezing sensation is established providing increased stimulation.

Simply turning the base to different degrees exposes the user to different sensations and gives the option to extend personal pleasure to any length of time desired. Over time, you can then learn arousal triggers and attempt to slow them down, both with your toy and with people.

SuperSkin sensations

While the function of the Fleshlight is surely a huge draw, it is the feeling of the toy that truly sets it apart from all other strokers available. The company’s patented SuperSkin is an incredible substance that can mimic the soft and supple feeling of human flesh like no other substance currently on offer. Added to that are the different textures available on the interior of the SuperSkin sheath. From light ridges and bumps to magnificent playgrounds of penis pleasure.

When I first tried a Fleshlight, I was very skeptical. With so many other products claiming the same great experience, it was hard to believe this one would be any different. But I was wrong. It is different. With the addition of water-based lube, sliding into a Fleshlight is absolutely the closest you will come to the warmth and sensation of penetrating another person. And over the years, the company has introduced many different models suited to different tastes and preferences.

All of this said, given how long the Fleshlight has been a pillar of pleasure, it could be time to attempt some innovation. Indeed, they do offer different options, including toys modeled after adult film stars and attachments to use the Fleshlight in the shower, with a tablet, and interactively with adult entertainment videos. There is even the “Freaks” line that caters to more creative fantasies.

However, what I to see from Fleshlight is an experience that mimics a partner’s arousal. The squeezes, the slight jumps and jerks that tell you the other person is enjoying the experience as much as you. This might be a challenge to design, but if anyone can do it, the Fleshlight team can.

However, even without this addition, Fleshlight will always rank as the premiere male sex sleeve and. Simply put, it will never let you down. And when you think of a penile sex toy, Fleshlight will surely be the first word to come to mind.

*I was provided one STU by Vstroker and Fleshlight in exchange for an honest review. This review includes affiliate links.

Image sources: Fleshlight, Jon Pressick

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WankzVR Targets the Ladies with VR Porn from the Female Point of View http://futureofsex.net/immersive-entertainment/vr-porn/wankzvr-targets-ladies-vr-porn-female-point-view/ http://futureofsex.net/immersive-entertainment/vr-porn/wankzvr-targets-ladies-vr-porn-female-point-view/#respond Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:44:36 +0000 http://futureofsex.net/?p=9337 Will virtual reality sex featuring the woman’s POV become more than a trend? There’s little doubt that 2016 was, in many ways, “year 1” for virtual reality, with the medium experiencing huge growth across all areas, including VR porn. Yet much of what we’ve seen coming from the adult entertainment industry has been some form […]

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Will virtual reality sex featuring the woman’s POV become more than a trend?

WankzVR has begun featuring VR porn videos from the female point of view.

There’s little doubt that 2016 was, in many ways, “year 1” for virtual reality, with the medium experiencing huge growth across all areas, including VR porn. Yet much of what we’ve seen coming from the adult entertainment industry has been some form of adaptation or technical upgrading of the same old formats, which predictably meant catering to the dominant male gaze.

Yet even the most established industry players were quick to recognize the enormous possibilities that VR content offered to do something different. When I interviewed the CIO of Naughty America, Ian Paul, in San Francisco last April, he showed me a demo they were working on which featured a female point of view. We had a fascinating discussion about how strange—and enlightening—it was for men to experience sex from a woman’s perspective.

And having spoken to a large number of stakeholders in the adult industry over the past year, they all seem to agree that targeting the female market is something they want to do with VR porn. As usual, however, the commercial allure of targeting low-hanging fruit (i.e. the male audience) takes precedence. That was the case with Naughty America [NSFW], which didn’t release the demo I experienced commercially, opting to focus on a traditional male perspective instead.

Changing perspective

That’s something that Dutch company WankzVR [NSFW] is keen to change. They say they are determined to break free from the status quo by launching a “first of its kind” collection of VR porn content specifically targeted at a female audience. The Amsterdam-based company has been exploring the use of 3D multimedia technology—including stereoscopic high-resolution capture and binaural sound recording—to create “full 360” experiences for the adult entertainment market since 2015, and they see this as a key area for potential growth.

“We have a large female user base and we regularly obtain feedback from them about what they want to see from our content. The industry has generally neglected scenes shot from the female perspective, but we strive to be trendsetters so we’re shaking things up a bit,” said Managing Director Bradley Phillips.

But what does “female porn” actually look like? Many people seem to think that it’s all about breathless romance and curtains fluttering in the breeze, but from the look of the videos on the WankzVR website (which, according to them were produced with “just the ladies in mind”), it looks pretty much like “regular” VR porn, except that you see everything from the perspective of a female performer. The idea behind this FemalePOV is, as they put it, is for “women consumers to experience the wildly immersive wonders of virtual reality sex as seen through their eyes.”

There are, however, a few more subtle differences. The scenes do tend to be longer (between 15 and 18 minutes) so as to leave room for “foreplay and sensual build-up.” And while I’m not quite sure that—as they claim—this “trumps the actual intercourse,” these elements are certainly something that many women tend to appreciate.

A screenshot from a WankzVR porn video shot from the female perspective.

The presentation of the site also comes across as being quite female-friendly, with slick, SFW images and tongue-in-cheek descriptions featuring social media-like reviews next to each one. In The Pool Boy, for example, you’re told:

You love Sunday afternoons because that’s when the cute pool boy comes by to clean your pool. Sundays are also when your husband is away playing golf. It’s not by coincidence. Today, you’re feeling especially naughty wearing your itsy bitsy bikini. You beckon him over to flirt… Oh, you’re such a bad girl!

The use of the first-person in the descriptions also helps set the scene for the full immersion experience that you get in VR. There is also a heightened emphasis on “passion” and storytelling. One user testimonial on their website enthuses that:

“Every scene feels really fresh, I never know what’s going to happen next and it makes it much more exciting.”

The content can be viewed on a variety of VR headsets, including Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, and Google Cardboard, and is available completely free—at least for now. We know that women do watch pornography. In fact, WankzVR said that they have been “inundated with requests” from women for them to include content featuring a female POV—but very few tend to pay for it.

This is most likely due to the “friction” caused by the purchasing process rather than the cost itself. So it makes sense to build the audience and let them experience and get to like the product first before attempting to monetize that sizeable, yet elusive market.

Moving forward, the company promises to “continue its pursuit to find a balance of content that is attractive to women, focusing on their desires and delivering content which concentrates on the more “intimate and mutually satisfying side of adult entertainment that is more in tune with the female perspective of sex.” Well, put your VR goggles on and watch this space…

Image source: WankzVR [NSFW]

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Can the Solarpunk Movement Give Us the Sexual Utopia We’ve Been Waiting For? http://futureofsex.net/sex-tech/can-solarpunk-movement-give-us-sexual-utopia-weve-waiting/ http://futureofsex.net/sex-tech/can-solarpunk-movement-give-us-sexual-utopia-weve-waiting/#respond Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:03:59 +0000 http://futureofsex.net/?p=9316 An optimistic view of the future from an emerging Sci-Fi genre. Bicycles humming down winding avenues; buildings sheathed in gardens; homes drinking in the sun; windmills lazily turning in a steady breeze; rainbows of myriad cultures laughing, creating, in a world of acceptance; life, in all its forms, strolling the streets; love, in all its […]

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An optimistic view of the future from an emerging Sci-Fi genre.

A wind turbine appears over a sunset horizon.

Bicycles humming down winding avenues; buildings sheathed in gardens; homes drinking in the sun; windmills lazily turning in a steady breeze; rainbows of myriad cultures laughing, creating, in a world of acceptance; life, in all its forms, strolling the streets; love, in all its beauty, singing together; technology as art; equality, equal opportunity, everywhere; the world as a place for everyone—and the planet cherished.

Right now the world seems to be fighting itself when it comes to sex: far too many people are holding onto old and, let’s be frank here, antiquated views. There’s a lot of fear out there, and with that fear comes hate.

The solarpunk movement, though, offers hope that one day we’ll look at sex with our eyes wide open. Acceptance for everything from homosexuality, polyamory, transgenderism, the right of self-definition, and more is practically built into the foundations of the solarpunk genre.

A green tomorrow

While relatively new, solarpunk has been gaining momentum. Joining the ranks of the other “punks” like cyberpunk, dieselpunk, atompunk, and the ubiquitous steampunk, solarpunk, according to Wikipedia, is an “eco-futurist speculative movement focused on envisioning a positive future beyond scarcity and hierarchy, where humanity is reintegrated with nature and technology is used for human-centric and ecocentric purposes.”

In short, it’s a beautiful future where humans live in harmony both with the planet and with our own nature. Think Star Trek’s optimism but with windmills and bicycles.

As it’s a pretty new punk genre, the world is still waiting for solarpunk’s defining novel—though Ernest Callenbach’s fictional ecological utopia, Ecotopia, is a great place to start. And I took a humble stab at solarpunk fiction in this article’s opening paragraph.

Cinematically, Hayao Miyazaki often embraces solarpunk, especially his Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.

In its heart, solarpunk is not just in the idea of an eco-friendly heaven-on-earth. It’s the idea of humanity achieving a social evolution that embraces tolerance, compassion, acceptance.

Especially when it comes to sexuality.

Erotic technology and solarpunk

Technologically, there’s much that’s been discussed here at Future of Sex that fits into Solarpunk—that shows we actually might be heading towards its vision of the future.

Solarpunk is all about preserving resources, of striving—even in regards to sex—to think responsibility about waste and efficiency.

Virtual reality can quite easily be argued to fit into this idea. After all, beyond the creation of the hardware side of things, with VR you can create, or inhabit, a vast world that uses nothing but time and computing power. Instead of traveling all over the world, with VR you can see the wonders of the planet—and, similarly, you can engage in sex with a wide variety of people without leaving the comfort of your home.

That bringing of the world to you, instead of you going to see it, also fits well with solarpunk’s inclusive and respectful themes. \Being able to interact with all kinds of people, see their lives through their eyes, can do nothing but bring humanity closer together.

Similarly, augmented reality can give anyone access to vast amounts of immediate knowledge, superimposed directly over their vision. Looking at someone, for instance, with AR glasses in a solarpunk future won’t just give you all the information you’d ever need to know, but also things like instantaneous language translation—making connections, sexual or otherwise, much easier.

Teledildonics could also be part of a solarpunk earth. Once again, to become intimate with a lover we no longer need to wastefully travel from one city or country to another. We can have physical relations wherever we happen to be, and with whoever we want—as long as the other person is also game.

The 3D printing of sex toys is another field that shows promise in a solarpunk context. Instead of creating thousands of identical products for sale, customized sex toys can be made only when needed, and to your personal specifications—and even recycled when no longer desired.

Even sex robots are another solarpunk-ish development. True, big industry might be needed for some of the components, but a multipurpose android—that can unpack your groceries and push you to climax—could be a major time and labor saver: one that would service other things as well as its owner.

Workers walks across slanted solar panels.

A future for the planet

Beyond sex tech, just look at recent green developments: Elon Musk’s solar roofing tiles, the proliferation of hybrid and electric vehicles, the round-the-world flight of a solar plane, major cities (and even countries) striving for 100% renewable energy, the tiny house movement, and autonomous vehicles.

While the future of the planet may sometimes appear bleak, now there’s every indication that the Earth solarpunk envisions may not be that far off. In fact, it may even be inevitable.

It’s easy to dismiss solarpunk as a hippy dream, where everyone holds hands and sings “Kumbaya.” Sure, it’s right now just a genre of science fiction. But it’s one that dares to think that no matter what happens to the world today, one day we might living in a world that’s technologically, socially, and especially sexually, conscientious.

Image sources: Juan Alberto Garcia Rivera, Centre for Alternative Technology

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Infographic: Virtual Reality Porn Stats and Facts http://futureofsex.net/immersive-entertainment/vr-porn/infographic-virtual-reality-porn-stats-facts/ http://futureofsex.net/immersive-entertainment/vr-porn/infographic-virtual-reality-porn-stats-facts/#respond Tue, 27 Dec 2016 14:20:46 +0000 http://futureofsex.net/?p=9258 Who’s the average VR porn viewer? Award-winning VR porn site BaDoinkVR [NSFW] recently released an infographic showcasing stats on the folks who watch their immersive content. And some of the figures might surprise you. For instance, while 94% of its viewers are men, 30% of total users downloaded videos recorded from the female point of […]

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Who’s the average VR porn viewer?

Award-winning VR porn site BaDoinkVR [NSFW] recently released an infographic showcasing stats on the folks who watch their immersive content. And some of the figures might surprise you.

For instance, while 94% of its viewers are men, 30% of total users downloaded videos recorded from the female point of view. I mean what better way to understand another gender’s experience of sex than with virtual reality? Sure, adult entertainment is often a performance. But as more and more studios enter the VR market, we’ll get a greater pick of diverse and amateur content. We’ll be able to step into many other people’s erotic moments and live them as if they were our own.

The infographic also gives details on what devices people use to watch VR porn, their ages, locations, and how much money they make. The data only covers BaDoinkVR users in 2016, but it gives an interesting snippet of what early adopters look like.

Click the image below to view the infographic in full resolution.

BaDoinkVR has released interesting facts and figures about VR porn viewership.

Image source: BaDoinkVR [NSFW]

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