The inspiration for this latest tech piece didn’t come easily. Inspired by the recent “Realdoll” phenomena taking place on my Facebook feed, I began to scour the internet. What are Realdolls and why are people freaking out?
As it turns out, they are anthropomorphic, artificial dolls made of silicone that are soft and anatomically correct, and are ostensibly made for sex. One particular owner made headlines after describing his creation as such: “Basically she likes to be touched. She has different modes of interaction – she has romantic, family, and sexy modes.”
To be clear, he is talking about a synthetic doll. Make of it what you will.
The phenomena is not new. Sex dolls, in some form, have existed for hundreds of years. The story of Pygmalion goes: A sculptor carves a statue in the shape of a beautiful woman. It’s so beautiful that he falls in love with her, prays that she could become real, has his wish granted, and lives happily ever after. Seventeenth century sailors often used a cloth to fashion fornicatory dolls known as dame de voyage in French or dama de Viaje in Spanish.
From its roots in the mythical, pre-digital age to now, where large online communities, (mostly of men), who interact and share stories and photos of experiences with their dolls. From photo shoots to intimate moments – an object of intimacy, affection and love.
“Shi-chan spends 99.9% of the time in my room. This is probably a good gauge of when I’m happy. Being really alone, but with her. It’s a good sense of happiness.
That’s a real life account from Davecat, a synthetic love activist. He continues: “A good solid happy time would be when I’m in bed with her. Not actually having sex, but just lying next to her and appreciating her. Just being able to see her looking at me regarding me, and me doing the same back; it’s the difference between being alone and lonely.”
That is one end of the spectrum. It is, at least in my searches, the most extreme end I could find. Falling in love, and making love with a silicone companion is bizarre to most people. But hey, whatever makes you happy. Live and let live.
But maybe I don’t want a doll, and I’m bored with my hand. What are my in-between options?
You could try the Fleshlight Launch. Fleshlight have teamed up with Kiroo to create a “fully automated male masturbator.” Just pop your favourite Fleshlight in and choose your setting. In manual mode, you can use its touch controls to adjust the speed, length and position of your stroke. In interactive mode, you sync The Launch to your computer or mobile via Bluetooth and opt for it to perform whatever kind of adult content floats your boat — you can even have a VR experience. The online content connected to the device includes videos, games, and webcam sessions.
There are a lot of impressive hi-tech features on the new Launch. First of all, it’s completely customisable as far as which Fleshlight you choose to lock inside the main compartment (being as it’s compatible with all of them). The Launch is also compatible with the Kiiroo Onyx and Pearl, so put that in your pipe and smoke it. What we’re trying to tell you is this: it’s possible to buy a Fleshlight that’s modelled after your favourite porn star’s pussy and then sync up your Launch device with that porn star’s exclusive online content. That’s about as close as any of us will get to actually fucking women who would never give us the time of day.