There’s no denying the huge buzz around VR Porn at the moment, as most industry pundits seem to agree that 2017 will see a lot more people experiencing adult content in the virtual world. Inevitably, this heightened interest is also spawning a whole variety of hardware to facilitate and enhance those experiences. These gadgets and gizmos range from the intriguing to downright amusing: The Tesla Suit promises to fully immerse you within a VR environment while masturbating devices such as the Ona-hole manages to be simultaneously scary and hilarious. Then you have talking vibrators, and the OhRoma, which looks a bit like a WW2 gas mask and promises to take immersion to the next level by pumping out smells like “panties” or “body odor” – if you’re into that sort of thing.The interest around VR porn is fuelling demand for connected devices that enhance those types of experience Click To Tweet
But this goes far beyond the obvious novelty factor, says Toon Timmermans, Co-founder of teledildonics company KIIROO. He believes that the technology has the real potential to improve people’s sex lives, even helping them to overcome their intimacy issues in some instances.Teledildonics can help people who lack the ability to be physically intimate Click To Tweet
“There are some people who lack the ability to be physically intimate; due to distance, disability etc. Adding teledildonics and Virtual Reality gives them an outlet to explore what had never been possible until now,” he says. We see several positive implications: Improved sexual health and immunity, lower blood pressure, pain and stress relief and improved sleep are just a few of the aspects of our lives that are improved. We become happier and thus, the psychological implications become more positive.”
For Teledildonics to take off, we need to embrace the idea of an enhanced orgasm Click To Tweet
“VR has already proved its ability to enable trance like meditative states through its enhanced visual and sensory inputs,” agrees Ghislaine Boddington – Creative director at body>data>space and a reader in Digital Immersion at the University of Greenwich in London – who has been researching “body technologies” for over 20 years. She believes that sense-enhancing and body connection technologies will converge rapidly across the next decade as various forms of haptics and biofeedback become commonplace. “Interchanges of breath, touch, feel, heartbeat, muscle/ blood motion and other data that the living body can transmit are already developed as individual tools. Bring these together and place them with our bodies into connected immersion spaces, and the potential is huge.”
For teledildonics to truly take off, she continues, it needs to incorporate features that will help us achieve what she calls the ” enhanced orgasm” – the potential for extended bodily pleasure that has been explored across the centuries by lovers in many civilisations.
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