What is sex tech?
Sex tech is an umbrella term for any product that combines technology and sexual pleasure. This can include vibrators, dildos, prostate stimulators, but the term can also extend to the technology surrounding it. For example, this could include the app, VR or AR technology used to expand the experience with a sex tech product.
Why is sex tech important?
Sex tech may at first glance seem an unlikely vehicle for change. But on closer inspection there are quite a few important trends that it is driving forward:
Forcing the tech industry to be more open and inclusive
As in the case with Lora DiCarlo at CES, sex tech is slowly forcing a very male-dominated tech world to be more open-minded. By accepting that sex is part of a healthy lifestyle, sex tech is being more integrated into the mainstream tech industry.
Encouraging women in tech
A lot of the emerging sex tech startups were founded by people identifying as women. As sex tech gains more acceptance and these companies flourish, this will inspire women in tech and encourage more female entrepreneurs.
How has sex tech changed our lives?
Sex tech has changed society quite a lot. The following are just some of the changes:
Sex tech is empowering because it enables everyone to have sexual pleasure. This may be something that many people take for granted
It also helps break taboos
Sex tech by necessity has to address topics that are by their nature taboo. This includes self-pleasure, But also increasingly things like erectile dysfunction (ED) — many guys may suffer from ED but would find it hard to talk about it. Now products like wearable penis rings are able to help many guys have stronger erections. As more solutions become available, the less stigmatized these conditions will become.
It’s changing our views on sexual pleasure
It has also changed the way we view sexual pleasure. Before the advent of sex tech, sex was largely viewed as a partner activity, with masturbation just a hollow replacement for “the real thing”. Nowadays, some of the toys on the market allow solo users to experience super intense orgasms without having to find a partner. For many, sex tech has become a normal part of their sex life, both solo and with partners.
What are the latest trends in sex tech?
Like any tech segment, sex tech is developing at a rapid pace. Here are some of the main trends for 2020:
Sex tech can cure real medical conditions
Sex tech aiming at curing medical conditions. For example, at CES 2020, one company unveiled a wearable patch that can prolong premature ejaculation. Through clever perineum stimulation, the nerves can be stimulated in such a way that delays ejaculation.
Smart/responsive sex tech
Many of the innovation in sex tech revolves around smart sex tech. Toys are on the market that can be paired with sex apps for custom controls like the Chorus by WeVibe, for example. For couples in long-distance relationships, this remote control smart sex tech could greatly boost their sex lives.
Male sex tech revolution
Discussion about male sex toys has not taken place in the mainstream. There is still some shame and stigma attached to male sex toy use. But progress is being made and sales of male sex toys are skyrocketing with some of the most popular including wearable cock rings and masturbators/strokers.
The final frontier (particularly for straight guys) is prostate stimulation and even this is becoming less taboo. We are regularly reminded that clitoral orgasms are much stronger than male ejaculations. Yet, what we are not told is that a prostate orgasm is mind-blowingly intense and something we are all capable of. Prostate stimulators like the Vector from WeVibe make this holy grail of male orgasms well within reach.
Black Mirror fans will already be thinking of the Striking Vipers episode. But sex tech companies are already making strides at connecting their toys and products to VR and AR. This foray into the world of virtual sex is going to continue.
Sex tech is on it’s way to the mainstream
If CES is anything to go by, then VC funds and angel investors are acknowledging that they cannot ignore the rising tide of sex tech. It’s time for everyone, including guys, to embrace this pleasure-enhancing technology. Let’s make 2020 the year of the male sex tech revolution!