Comingle – the only open source sex toy company so far – announced the cancellation of the MOD. The Mod is an open source hardware dildo based on the Arduino platform. In their Indiegogo campaign they gathered 60000$ to produce a dildo made of silicone. The reason among others are patent trolls Comingle says. Read hear and here about the background of the proclaimed patent infringements. These are bad news especially as Comingle is the only sex toy company based on open source software and hardware. In addition they were active (or maybe part of) the US DIY and Maker scene – eg they offered free workshops for everyone.
You can still find a lot of great tutorials about tinkering dildos, programming the MOD, interfacing with Nunchucks and a lot of more real innovative ideas on the Comingle website – in some aspects much more advanced than anything available on the commercial market. Hopefully they will continue to produce the Dilduino development board – look here and here for a review.
Another interesting aspect is the crowdfunding of sex toys – some companies were quiet successful:
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