You gotta hand it to the sex industry: It really knows how to stay on top of things.
The Oculus Rift, a virtual-reality headset whose company is owned by Facebook, is one of the most breathlessly awaited pieces of personal technology out there — and it hasn't even started selling yet.
Of course, for the sex industry, the big question is how virtual reality will revolutionize porn. Adult video companies and sex toy manufacturers are already champing at the bit to get in on the headset action. There's a directory of virtual reality porn (link NSFW) online, and Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey doesn't plan to block smut from his new device.
The latest news is the use of haptics in sex toys. This technology is well known for its use in the Apple Watch, where the touch-feedback function vibrates and taps your body when you get a new notification.
Of course, if you can make an Apple Watch buzz when your GPS updates its directions, you can make vibrations sync up to a video of two people having sex.
Sex toy company Lovense is a leader in the industry of teledildonics, or sex toys controlled by computer signals. Paired with the virtual reality porn company Virtual Real Porn (link NSFW), Lovense's toys connect via Bluetooth and integrate with Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR apps to directly correlate with the movements of the actors on-screen. It's the closest you'll get to feeling what porn actors are experiencing mid-coitus.
According to VentureBeat, the penetrable toy uses air pumps to simulate the speed of a video's female actor, while the penetrating toy "rotates" in sync with the male actor — and activates a clitoral vibrator when the pair's bodies connect.
Making virtual sex more realistic may be a game changer for partners with thousands of miles between them. Couples in long-distance relationships can add a level of intimacy and comfort from any corner of the world.
Otherwise, it might just make a Friday night at home totally crazy.