Guest written by Rain Andersen (@wearenotfriends_) a veteran sworker with nine years in adult entertainment and five years working for Lovers.
Look Ma, No Hands!
The sex toy industry has adopted many trends over the course of its brief but infamous lifecycle. One trend that we never seem to tire of is hands-free masturbation: devices or techniques that allow us to reduce the amount of energy and effort being put into our orgasm, allowing us to recreate the sensations of partnered sex. As sex toys, and the conversation of sexual health, continues to evolve, so does our capacity to have hands-free orgasms. Continue reading to learn the latest information of hands-free pleasure.
What is Hands-Free Masturbation?
Hot Octopuss Pulse III Duo Stroker, ($149.00)
When a person sexually stimulates themselves without using their hands, they are participating in hands-free masturbation. Though many people rely on their hands to facilitate pleasure, there are many ways to stimulate the body without their aid. People stimulate themselves using audio, visual media, sex toys, and fantasies- often times, in conjunction with their hands. Rarely though, do we think to explore these mediums independently or without the support of our hands.
How to Have a Hands-Free Orgasm
Humping & Grinding
Many of us can’t imagine a time where we didn’t use our hands to masturbate, but surely, you can pluck at least one humping and grinding experience from your memory! Whether you were trying to start a fire between you and your crushes jeans as a teen, or analyzing the “curiousness” of why the seesaw feels so “seesaw-y” as a kid, many people’s first experiences with self-soothing or self-pleasuring begin with humping and grinding. This hands-free activity can feel pleasurable for all body-parts, and can even be enhanced with vibrating or textured grinding pads.
Wearable Sex Toys
We-Vibe Chorus Vibrator, ($199.00)
Wearable sex toys come in many shapes and sizes, designed to enhanced partnered or solo play. From panty vibrators to wearable strap-on’s, nearly anyone can find a wearable sex toy that appeals to them. Fun, discreet, and reliable, these remote-control and Bluetooth-operated devices help to create more authentic, user-driven experiences.
Sex Toys with Suction Cups
Sex toys with built-in suction cups have a long history of providing hands-free penetrative pleasure. Simply place these products on any flat, smooth surface to secure it in place. We love putting suction cup products against our headboards, mirrors, and shower walls to keep things fresh and exciting. Looking to mix things up? Many of these products now include self-propelling thrusters, capable of facilitating motion- not unlike that of a partner!
Womanizer’s Pleasure Air Technology™ sends contactless waves of pressure towards the genitals, providing powerful stimulation to that area. You can use water in a similar way to provide stimulation to the penis or vulva, experimenting with strong to light currents of water, running directly over the genitals.
The Future of Contactless Orgasms
The future of hands-free sex toys appears to be optimistic. As more people invite AR & VR technology into their homes, the hesitation to incorporate this technology into our intimate experiences has faded. A growing interest in sex toys, which is projected to reach a value of US $56.58 billion by 2027, also stands to influence the growth of AR & VR products within this sector. Sex toy manufacturers are investing this money into the development of three, stylish, hands-free products: smart sex toys, AR experiences, and most controversial, realistic sex bots.
Smart Sex Toys
LELO FS1 V2 Stroker, ($219.00)
Like many AR & AI products (think Alexa or FitBit), Smart Sex Toys are designed to gather user data collected by built-in sensors, with the intention of enhancing or modifying the user experience over time. Many Smart Sex Toys can be paired with a phone application that allows users to visualize, track, and record their sexual experiences or preferences. Smart Sex Toys capitalize on data-driven software to educate, empower, and enlighten their user.
We have already seen some early versions of this technology in products like the Lioness Vibrator, an intuitive rabbit vibrator that records and tracks your orgasm, and in the LELO F1S V2 Stroker, a high end stroker and open-interface platform that allows users to build their own cyber-sexy apps and sync with the interactive world.
AR & VR Experiences
Virtual and augmented realities offer a bevy of benefits for those looking to explore their sexuality in a safe, private, and judgement-free environment. AR & VR technology offers people a way to participate in sexual encounters that may not appeal to their real-life partners, to sample forms of intimacy their unaccustomed to, or simply to add realism to solo stimulation. SVAKOM has experimented with this style technology, allowing users to sync their sex toys to live webcam performers and Pornhub videos using its interactive video chat feature.
The concept of AI sex bots is not new to us. Humans have happily entertained the concept and consequences of AI sex bots for decades. Sex bots have saturated our media, with films and television series like Her, Ex Machina, and Westworld. They appear as frequent guest stars in written content, such as Ira Levin’s Stepford Wives, Phillip K. Dick’s Do Android’s Dream of Electric Sheep, and Margaret Atwood’s The Heart Goes Last.
Sex toy manufacturers have made great progress with bringing the modern sex bot to life, with prototypes that can now mimic breathing, produce a heartbeat, and even revoke consent. RealDoll leads the crusade on AI-driven sex bots, offering fully customizable dolls that are able to blink, move, detect touch, and recognize transitions from mild arousal to orgasm.
While this technology has attracted a large group of supporters, it won’t appeal to everyone. As new technology is created, important questions will be asked that will determine the success of these products. Should sexual offenders be given sex bots, or does this enable bad behavior? If my partner has sex in an AR Reality, is it considered cheating? Does the benefit of accessing my ‘sexual data’ outweigh the risk of ‘sex hackers?’ These are just a few of the questions that people are asking as we continue to evolve hands-free sex devices.
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