Laura Leu, freelancer for the New York Press, was asked to report on the subject of 'teledildonics' - the new technology in cyber sex that enables sex toys to be controlled by a computer.
The article was originally to inform readers how these tools could improve the cyber-sex life they shared with their long-distance partner but it soon became a bizarre lesson in male sex toys!
As Laura explained:
"I went with the Virtual Sex Machine, or VSM, a $400 piece of equipment defined on its website as "an interactive virtual reality sexual stimulation system."
Translation: It's a robotic vagina that synchronizes to porn. The VSM comes with a specially encoded erotic film, shot from the viewer's perspective, which allows you to experience the scene as if it's happening to you."
Yes, I am scientifically aware enough to understand that the likelihood of the Large Hadron Collider actually sucking the entire Earth and everything we know into a black hole is 1 in 50 million, but we here at Lovehoney think it's a good reason to celebrate anyway!
Especially as our own technological advances have been released this week, too! Say hello to the BASIC range - which stands for Beginner's All-purpose Sex Instruction Code!
These are a collection of simple, easy-to-use love rings, finger vibrators and bullets that give you a great, cheap way to try sex toys for the first time! They're also perfect for sex toy aficionados who want a sexual boost without breaking the bank!
Small and discreet enough to slip into your handbag, these are practically made for a dirty weekend away!
Philips are adding to their already fantastic repertoire of products with a selection of intimate massagers that are designed with beauty and function in mind.
The collection is listed in a new category on their site known as 'relationship care'. Although rather twee in name, the products look and sound very effective.
The first product in their collection is the Warm Intimate Massager.
This smooth and sleek sex toy has three stimulation spots and five vibration modes and intensities.
The charging base has pre-warming buttons which will heat the sex toy to body temperature for a sensual massage that both you and your partner will love.
The second product in the collection is the Intimate Dual Massagers which comes with two specially shaped toys to enhance your lovemaking.
The toy designed for him is gently curved and contoured allowing the genitals to be cupped and teased at the same time. The toy for her has a single point of vibration allowing precise stimulation of her sweet-spots.
Television presenter, actress, sex expert and author of The Greatest Sex Tips in the World, Julie Peasgood helped out with a feature on The Alan Titchmarsh Show yesterday about the evolution of sex.
During the feature, she explained how cornflakes were originally developed by Dr. Kellogg as a food to lower the libido and how condoms were initially tested for strength by being able to hold the weight of a chair!
We personally think that the electronic testing that condoms go through nowadays is a much better form of trial!
She also went into detail about massager vibrators, such as the Hitachi Magic Wand, and how by the 1980s they had become intimate massagers as opposed to just a product to ease back pain!
Philips, the well known makers of televisions, telephones and kettles, have decided to branch out into the world of marital aids.
The first product from the new range is one for couples, namely the Philips Intimate Dual Massager HF8400.
The Philips Massagers are non-penetrative, vibrating toys that are designed with functionality and quality in mind for a vibrator that's a joy, rather than an embarrassment, to buy!
There are multiple vibration modes that are perfect for exploring and teasing each others' sweet spots.
Team it up with a slick and satisfying water-based lube or silicone-based lube for an exceptionally enhanced experience!
It also comes with a discreet, cordless, charging case, much like the Fun Factory Delight Rechargeable Massager, that allows you to recharge your toys all day for long-lasting playtime in the evening!
We are all very excited here at Lovehoney about the fantastic The New Joy of Sex book!
Not only is it fabulously presented, but it's been updated to encompass all the things that modern couples really want to know about.
The wonderfully detailed chapters explore the all important topics of clitoral pleasure, contraceptives, sex toys, lingerie, bondage and even female ejaculation.
Susan Quilliam, relationship psychologist and sex expert, was given the opportunity to add her expertise to the updated book.
Susan works with the International Journal of Family Planning, the British relationship counselling organisation Relate and innumerable global advisory boards in the field of sexual health and dysfunction, so is more than qualified to undertake the huge and prestigious job of updating the best-selling sex manual in the world!
I caught up with Susan and asked her all about the book and her opinions on sex toys and relationships.
Famous reviews site CNET, went to the Arse Elektronika conference and discovered the iBuzz Two Vibrator. CNET Senior Editor for MP3 players and digital audio, Donald Bell discussed the product with Kyle Machulis:
"The iBuzz allows you to hook in whatever stereo equipment you have and pick up the bass frequencies, which adjusts the speed of the attached vibrator. It also has features that allow you to have patterns or different speeds. The really cool thing about it is whatever music you like, it turns it into a sexual experience.
It has an input and vibrator socket as well as two headphone outputs, so you can put your headphones on your significant other and share that special experience through the same vibrator."
He's not wrong! The iBuzz Two is a music-activated sex toy that allows couples to share the music and share the love!
A SHORT DISSERTATION ON AN ALMOST INFAMOUS JAPANESE LUBRICANT
A Report by Carly "Pleasure" Drew
Tenga Real Hole Lotion is a 170ml tube of clear, water-based lubricant designed for use with the Tenga Flip Hole Masturbator but can also be used for regular masturbation and sex, too.
The packaging matches the general style of the Tenga range - sleek, smooth and classy. This is what I consider myself to be, apart from on a Friday night when I'm doing the robot and singing along to Abba.
Standing the tube up-right provides fascinating visuals as the air bubbles slowly float to the surface. This is an effect that I like to call the lubricant lava-lamp phenomena.
The "Real" statement in the title of the lubricant is supposed to refer to the realistic sensations it provides. It doesn't smell very real, unless your vagina happens to smell rather floral, but I won't hold that against Tenga Real Hole Lotion as it's actually a rather pleasant aroma.
In Russia, blow-up doll rides you! Or something like that...
On the 30th of August, swimmers, athletes and thrill seekers came together in the Vuoksa River, 82 kilometres northwest of St. Petersburg, for the sixth annual Bubble Baba Challenge - a river rapids rafting contest on blow-up sex dolls!
As one of the participants described it:
"This is one of my favourite events of the summer. I've been rafting most of my life, but the people and the atmosphere make this competition special. It's more of a crazy celebration and party than a sporting event!"
The 234 men and 24 women (real women, as opposed to inflatable ones!) who participated this year hopped on their blow-up friends and navigated down the rapids, hoping to beat the time-records for the previous years.