When you search “buy Fundawear,” the post that I wrote ages ago* is the first thing that comes up. “Fundawear” is one of the top searches that leads people to Kink&Code and over the past year I’ve heard from a huge number of couples who are separated because of work, military, or visa status but still want to keep intimacy alive.
Turns out, you all are very interested in what is perhaps the best-publicized haptic tech sex toy in history.
For those of you who want to buy Fundawear, I have some bad news: Fundawear turned out to be just hype. Durex – as I’m sure most of you know- isn’t a sex toy company. They make condoms and, unfortunately, most people don’t think that condoms are very sexy so in order to up their visibility and sex appeal, Durex created the Fundawear ad campaign. Unfortunately, though, they didn’t follow through on their promise to create the actual product and sell it.
But I also have good news! In the time since Durex released their little clit tease, there have been many, many awesome sex toy companies that have released similar toys for couples who are interested in keeping “in touch” even when they can’t touch in person. While you can’t buy Fundawear, the following companies have toys that you can actually purchase and start using with your lover.
For those of you who need a little primer on sex/tech language (like, WTF does “haptic tech” mean, anyway?), you might want to read this post I did for MiKandi on future/sex and sex/tech vocabulary.
Perhaps on of the most famous of the smartphone-controlled sex toys, OhMiBod has a few different options for long distance lovers. You have to download their app (which costs a measly $4.99) and then you’re able to connect with all but two (LoveLife and ClubVibe) of the OhMiBod vibrators.
With the combination of the app and a vibrator, you can control your partner’s vibe from any distance, as long as they’re connected to 3G or wifi.
While OhMiBod is a one-way pleasure giver (except, of course, from the pleasure you get from pleasing your partner), Lovense has toys for men and women. The men’s toy is called “Max” and it’s a pretty standard masturbation sleeve, similar to the super-popular Fleshlight. The women’s toy is called “Nora” and it resembles a Rabbit vibrator with a vibrating arm for clitoral stimulation and a rotating dildo for vaginal penetration.
Couples playing with Max and Nora can choose to either control each other’s toys via smartphone or play with both toys at once. That means that when an action is taken on Max (say, thrusting), a responding action can be felt via Nora (say, gyrating). It’s a way for couples to have virtual sex, no matter where in the world they’re actually located.
Kiiroo is similar to Lovense in that it’s a haptic toy that has both male and female options and actions taken on one toy are felt on the other. Their differentiating factor is that they’ve added a video chat platform that was specifically created for video chat sex. Couples can use the toys (“Pearl” for ladies, “Onyx” for men) to have virtual sex while interacting over Kiiroo’s platform. It’s a secure option for folks who may be feeling a little shy about using the same video chat platform for sex that they use for business calls.
While the other toys on this list are available for purchase today, FriXion is a toy of the future. When I spoke with founder Seth (no last name given), he described a network that would allow people to hack in with their own toys in order to have virtual sex either with partners they already know or with strangers who use the network.
The pièce de résistance of FriXion, however, is their sex robot, which will be selling for $200. The technology is apparently so intimate that it feels like you’re having actual, body-to-body sex – but it’s all through a robot. Sounds exciting and I assure you that I’ll be publishing updates as FriXion releases them.
Future Long Distance Sex Toys
The toys I’ve listed here are just a drop in the bucket of real toys (unlike Fundawear) for couples who want to have sex over a long distance. If there are other toys that you’ve tried (or that you’ve created) that you think I’ve missed, please leave me a note in the comments!
And, as always, stay tuned for future developments in sex/tech, haptic tech, and teledildonics. You’ll here about them here first.
*The date on the copy published here is from a year ago but the post originally went up on KillerStartups in 2013.
Featured image courtesy of OhMiBod.