Sex toy maker encourages developers to create apps for vibrators

Sex toy manufacturer OhMiBod is inviting coders to tackle its digitally connected vibrators. There’s a sentence I didn’t think I’d type when I woke up this morning.

Sex toy maker encourages developers to create apps for vibrators

The company, which has pioneered a number of products in the field of teledildonics, will release an open software development kit (SDK) for its upcoming batch of smart sex toys this spring.

The aim is to get developers to come (hurhur) up with their own set of creative apps. OhMiBod founder Suki Dunham commented that this marks an “exciting achievement for sexual health technology,” and hinted that the outcomes could range from games to make bedroom fun more competitive, to apps that integrate with dating apps such as Tinder and Grindr.

“Imagine you’re on a dating app and chatting with a potential partner – and they are ‘OMB enabled’, e.g. pink dot on the screen that signifies a user is in an “active” state much like Facebook Messenger,” Dunham told TechCrunch. “The partner could accept an incoming request to take control of their vibrator while in a chat or video session.

“It allows for virtual intimate experiences without leaving the privacy of your own home. This concept reshapes the entire idea of virtual or digital foreplay.”

Open-source sex tech has also faced litigation barriers in the past, such as when a patent troll brought a case against smart sex toy maker Comingle. Opening the gates to developers could lead to a range of fascinating applications, however, so here’s hoping OhMiBod manages to attract a gamut of coders, hackers, artists and inventors to play around with its products.

Interested developers can sign up for news about the OhMiBod’s upcoming SDK here.

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