If there's one thing that humans can't afford to stop doing with each other, it's having sex. And as long as machines that make it feel even better are available, you're going to want those machines in your bedroom. Naturally, the bedroom in Gizmodo's Home of the Future is full of them.
This month, Gizmodo Australia will be hopping in our domestic DeLorean to bring you what the future will have in store for the way we live. The Home Of The Future series focuses on smart tech for your home life and beyond. We've got a great month planned full of news, reviews and features. Welcome to the future.
The sex toy industry is booming. In the past decade or two, countless startups have reinvented the humble vibrator, redesigned the standard dildo, and put the magic of machine-sex on the tips of your fingers. This not only changing the way we pleasure each other but also the way we think about pleasure. With the advent of teledildonics, an emerging genre of internet-enabled devices, designers are now pushing the boundaries of what we can do with the social sex toys. Meanwhile, innovations in materials mean these things feel more real then ever.
We've done our best to fill the Gizmodo's Home of the Future series with the most curious playthings we could find. This means we've collected the most forward-looking toys as well as the things you'd never guess were built for personal pleasure.
Minna Limon and Ola
Minna's newest squishy sensations are sort of adorable. Designed with subtlety in mind, the Limon and Ola are both rechargeable, squeeze-sensitive and dead simple to use. The harder you squeeze, the harder they vibrate. You can also program it for a completely personalised experience. [$119]
Jimmyjane Form 2, 3, and 4
Also unassuming is Jimmyjane's nicely designed line of powerful vibrators. While one sort of looks like a rabbit, another is like a tongue. Form 4 is, well, it's shaped like a vibrator. All soft to the touch and fully rechargeable, they come with a variety of preprogrammed patterns. [$125, $130, $100]
Want your sex toy to have a little bit of personality? Then you'll love Smile Makers, a new sort of sex toy company that manufacturers four distinct models: the Fireman, the Frenchman, the Millionaire, and the Tennis Coach. Each runs on a single triple-A battery and vibrates at different speeds. [$US50]
We Vibe 4
This unique couple is set up with a wireless remote lets one person control the vibration and one feel the fun. The body-hugging toy is designed to stay in place, while two different motors purr. It comes with six settings, including one called "Echo vibe." [$129]
Believe it or not, this is not a vibrator. It's a powerful toy that mimics the actual act. Babeland describes it as "an affordable, elegant alternative… to the legendary Symbian" sex machine. And when you see it in action (surprisingly SFW), you'll see why. [$199]
Crave Duet Lux Vibe
Why keep both a vibrator and a USB stick, when you can own one device that does it all! The Crave Duet Lux Vibe doubles as a classy sex toy and 8-or 16-gigabytes of storage. The vibrator part contains two responsive motors that pulsate and different speeds. Inevitably, you'll feel a little bit like a secret agent when you use it. [$269.95]
Put simply, the Ora is designed to mimic an awesome session of cunnilingus. The sleek device's motor mimics the flicking and turning of a tongue with ten different vibration settings, as well as one extra "intense" speed. [$259.95]
This one's for the boys. It's basically just a cylinder full of soft, squishy rubber nubs arranged in different, exciting patterns, and there's a hole in one end. And you get three guesses as to what goes in that hole... [$120]
All images by Nick Stango