There are at least a few (new) open source or DIY projects. Future of Sex reported about a Strap-on project named Dildo It Yourself.
They created a website for sharing designs for strap-on dildos. In addition the strap-on dildos is part of a harness. Some parts can be 3d printed but the harness must be made by leather or other material which could be out of scope for most DIY people. The inventors say that their toys are made for ecosexuals which practise sex in nature.
Another project is very impressive as it offers a touch surface for a “insertible toy” eg a penis. This could be used for teledildonics application for capturing and transmitting haptical experience. The construction of the capacitive surface is very impressive. In addition algorithms are introduced for gesture recognition. Gestures? The author explains: “Well, I want to be able to tell what the user is doing with the device (e.g. blowjob, licking, hand job and penetrative buttsex)”.
Another exciting project is a masturbator demonstrator which was molded using 3d printed forms.
Finally there is a very interesting website from the “mad scientist” Franklin. He has made a lot of stuff like a gesture controlled vibrator, a brain controlled vibrator and a Bionic cock.
For commercialisation a Company Tacit pleasure was found. That was back in 2014, but the work is still interesting.
Although these projects are very different in aspects like audience, technical elaborateness and motivation they show the richness of sex tech projects.
Randolph Heil from EAN online interviewed Jacob from bodyinteraction.com. In the interview the DIX sex toy movements – its motivation and aims are discussed. 3d printing – and its future – as a method for making your own personal sex toy is described. Jacob gave some details about his story. The interview mention the Arduino software and hardware as a platform for sex tech products. Finally the future of (open source) sex toys is discussed. Read the interview here.
Tu sais où tu peux le mettre, ton Arduino ?
Do you know where you can put your Arduino? – Francois Mocq reports about three Arduino vibrator projects: comingle, master-beta kit and body interaction. Even more interesting he queries whether Arduino or Raspberry Pi is the right platform.
Raspberry Pi offers much more computing power and connectivity, eg. you could add a camera, do video processing and add more hardware.
On the other hand programming can be more complex and it may take more time to run you first script.
And there are more platforms out there like the very cheap ESP 8266 module with the NodeMCU software. The ESP8266 can connect directly with the internet via wi-fi.
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