Summer is here, and like the Beach Boys the reviewing team at Tech Trends are feeling the Good Vibrations
Call me old fashioned, but nothing brightens up a hot and sticky British heatwave day like getting a box full of sex toys. Courtesy of the nice folk at We-Vibe, this month we got to test no fewer than 3 of their flagship toys: the Verge, Pivot and Sync. It’s a hard life…Devices for remote stimulation has been around for a while but many early examples were not that sexy Click To Tweet
The idea of devices for remote stimulation has been around for a while but many of the examples that have hit the market have previously fallen short of their promise, being clunky and anything but sexy. But the SexTech industry has certainly experienced something of a renaissance recently, spearheaded by innovative companies such as Dame and amazing Founders like Véronique Verreault, Cindy Gallop and Christel Le Coq. This is still, incidentally, my favourite-ever name for a SexTech entrepreneur, right up there with the job title of We-Vibe’s spokesperson, Tristan Weedmark, who is a “Global Passion Ambassador.” Why didn’t my career advisor at school run that one past me? Art school my arse…It is now much more common to own sex gadgets Click To Tweet
Thanks to all that, it’s now much more common to own and regularly use such gadgets – and the smart technology that goes with them – in the bedroom. Masturbation is not only accepted, but actively celebrated as a part of a healthy, #SexPositive life, as the success of companies like OMGYes goes to show.Many men say they want more sex toys to use with their partners Click To Tweet
Further proof of that is in the fact that we got approached to test these We-Vibe products as part of “Masturbation Month” for which the company surveyed 1,800 guys from the UK, US and the Netherlands to gain some insights into their habits.Men see masturbation as important for keeping good prostate health Click To Tweet
Almost half of UK men (44%) reportedly felt there were not enough sex toys for men, but that doesn’t mean they should be just for men. Twice as many English men feel that sex toys are for using with a partner, rather than on your own. UK men were more likely to discuss buying a sex toy with a partner, before actually purchasing any product about a third of them also indicated that they saw masturbation as important for keeping good prostate health, but they liked to keep it spontaneous: far more men see masturbation as a spur of the moment decision than a part of their daily ritual (67% vs 28%)All the toys we tested are compatible with the easy to use We-Connect app, opening up options for remote play that take us into science fiction territory. This connectivity means couples separated by thousands of miles can sync their smart phones via the app and both control the same device, each, in turn, controlling the vibe type and intensity or setting up customised cycles of vibration designed together with their partners. The Verge and the Pivot were ideal examples of that:
Verge: The Verge is a new and exciting way to experience pleasure. The unique design was created to massage the perineum by stimulating with gentle pressure and vibrations. Men can wear the verge on your own or during sex so your partner can enjoy the rumbly vibrations too!
Pivot: This vibrating ring provides both comfort and stability allowing for a variety of positions during sex. Soft and stretchy, it’s comfortable to wear and provides hands-free clitoral stimulation with powerful rumbly vibrations that both can enjoy.
What really makes this a success is the ability of We-Connect app users to share the experience via secure live video chat while they pass control of the toy back and forth making for true interactivity. A couple of unique features of the We-Connect app are Touch Mode where you can adjust the toys vibration in real time via your phone’s touch screen and Beat Mode which will vibrate in time to your favourite music tracks.We-Connect lets users share the experience via secure live video chat Click To Tweet
Hats off to the guys at We-Vibe, all these toys are great fun to play with and the seamless connectivity features never get in the way of play. The general quality of all three toys is excellent with top quality silicone and extremely convenient magnetic charging connections that mean they truly are waterproof. The battery life is excellent, no passion-killing flat toys or swapping out AA batteries with slippery hands going on here! The Verge, Pivot and Sync re-define what a sex toy can be and I can’t wait to see what We-Vibe come up with next.
Tom Atkinson is a Digital Producer & Photographer at R3Digital and Reviews & Dept. Editor at Tech Trends. Connect on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter @R3Digital