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CES 2018: Smart Vibrator Data is Being Used to Create Art

By Tom Pritchard on at

There are some weird uses of technology out there in the world, but this one seems to take it to the next level. Lioness, creators of a smart vibrator, are using data from its devices to create an art installation over at CES.

Unsurprisingly it's called ARTGASM, and it utilises the feedback sensors in the Lioness vibrator to create pieces of art uniquely designed from each users' orgasms. It's not entirely clear how, since a video preview only shows pulsating circles in the Lioness app. Maybe those circles are the art, and I just don't get the significance. It wouldn't be the first time a piece of art's meaning has completely passed me by. Anyone with one of the vibrators can take part, and see what their own orgasms look like when visualised in this way.

That last bit is important too. With all the talk of lacklustre security on smart devices, and the stories of smart sex toys bundled with ludicrous vulnerabilities, it's definitely a good thing that Lioness is letting people opt in rather than mass collecting user data. Anonymised or not, that would be pretty creepy.

Liz Klinger, cofounder and CEO of Lioness, spoke to VentureBeat about the reasons why the company is putting together this exhibit:

“Before founding Lioness, I used to be an artist and did work related to gender and sexuality. I made life casts (sculptures) of the female body. Many models I worked with voiced insecurities about their bodies at some point during the process — one boob looks droopy, something looks too big, too small. Something was always too this or that.

But for many women, their insecurities melted away when they saw the finished product. By showing them their bodies through a new perspective, they were able to see their bodies as they were: works of art. It’s these sort of experiences and self-reflection we’re now bringing to thousands of women with the Lioness Vibrator.”

The first public showcase will be on display at two pop-up locations at CES, and this spring it will be available to users within the app. [The Next Web | Venture Beat]


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