Sex toys aren't just for solo sex. 81% of women and 91% of men who have used vibrators say they've brought them to bed with a partner. But what happens when lovers can't be in the same bedroom?
With long-distance relationships increasingly common, couples often want ways to keep the passion alive across states, countries, and even continents. And fortunately, a few forward-thinking sex toy companies are stepping up to meet this demand. From music-synced vibrators to mutually responsive sex sleeves, inventions we never thought we'd
see in our lifetimes are currently on the market or undergoing beta
testing with some lucky guinea pigs.
Here are some aids to make those Skype sessions with your significant other the highlight of your night -- and some you can even use if you're single and just looking to experience the futuristic technology sex toys can offer. Even
if you couldn't care less about Google Glass, you'll want to be an early
adopter in this industry.
Vibease Smart Vibrator This vibrator that fits in your underwear not only lets a partner deliver custom vibrations from anywhere in the world but also connects through Bluetooth to a library full of porn and erotica on your phone. It even pulses along with the storyline for highly realistic self-love sessions.
OhMiBod Remote App Long-distance couples need not forgo the novelty sex toys can add to their bedroom routines -- because, as usual, there's an app for that. OhMiBod's iOS and Android applications let users control its vibrators from any location,
adding a tactile dimension to cybersex.
Fleshlight LaunchPad For the fellows out there, this iPad case holds the Fleshlight sleeve for realistic simulation during cybersex and porn viewing. Our only question is how the, er, user could see the screen, given the inevitable placement of the device.
Lovesense Long-Distance Sex Toys To make cybersex truly interactive, Lovesense provides a male toy ("Max") and a female toy ("Nora") that mimic each other's motions for their respective partners to simulate actual sex. The faster Max moves, the speedier Nora becomes, and Nora's speed in turn determines Max's contractions and vibrations.
For the gay couples out there, KIIROO offers Onyx, male sleeves that control each other's contractions using touch pads on the outside of the toys. And for straight couples, there's a female version called the Pearl whose motions can control the Onyx as well, though it can't receive feedback.
This is your standard remote-controlled vibrator, except your partner can control it through Apple Watch in addition to an iPhone and you can synch it to music. Now, there's need to get a partner before pulling out that sex playlist.
If you really miss your significant other -- or a particular part of them -- and even a responsive sex toy is not the same, you can literally create rubber copies of their genitalia with this kit. The dildo "clone" can even vibrate!
And here are a few inventions still in beta but worth keeping an eye out for:
Durex Fundawear As foreplay to long-distance lovin', these men's and women's undergarments contain sensors that a partner can control remotely through an app, so couples can get down and dirty before their clothes come off.
This one gets the vote for the name with the most bizarre political connotations -- and for the most innocent, because it's not even really a sex toy. It's a robot for transmitting kisses. These round devices that look like pigs transmit the motions of your lips to your partner's toy through an apparatus resembling a mustache. So, basically, you're sort of kissing your significant other, but you're also kind of making out with a pig with a mustache. Awesome.