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.
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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