Ohmibod

18 Jul 19
Jinglebellsgirls

Thanks to the infamous scene about sex toys: episode 9 season 1 of Sex and the city that taught us using sex toy is not an embarrassing act. Aired 20 years ago, when most women just were into a peek-a-boo into the sex toy store, restoring all her glory from the world. Today, sex toys […]

17 Jul 19
VentureBeat
The Consumer Technology Association in May acknowledged it had messed up when it rescinded a Consumer Electronics Show innovation award for Lora DiCarlo, a sex toy maker, and the trade association that sponsors the big trade show apologized. Today, the CTA tried to make it right by revising its policy around sex technology at the event. The next CES in January 2020 will now include tech-based sexual products on a one-year trial basis as part of the Health and Wellness product category. Sex toy creators like Lora DiCarlo will be welcome as exhibitors. But the association was also careful to reinforce a strict dress code (no bare skin or body-conforming clothing that “hugs genitalia”), and porn companies won’t be allowed at CES anymore. The policy change was largely a response to companies highlighting inconsistencies in CTA rules. When Lora DiCarlo first applied for the innovation award, the company argued that its sex toy, Osé, used micro-robotics to create a “biomimicry” effect, which it argued is better than a vibrator for vaginal stimulation. The Osé sex toy (earlier design) At first, the CTA evaluators agreed. They gave the company an award and the right to exhibit on the show floor. But higher-ups at the CTA nixed the award, perhaps because they were already getting flak for allegedly being biased against women. On the surface, that might have made sense. But Lora Haddock, CEO of Lora DiCarlo, didn’t let it go. She argued that Lora DiCarlo was a female-friendly company with sex-positive views and real technology. She went public with her concerns about the CTA’s hypocrisy and pointed out that inconsistent enforcement hurt positive companies while allowing not-so-female-friendly practices to continue. Sarah Brown, marketing director at Lora DiCarlo, told me in January, “I think a large part of it for us is just that this is a conversation, this issue with gender bias at CES and gender bias in tech, the hostility in general to women and … non-male participants, in tech and at CES. It’s a conversation that’s been going on for a long time, and as much as we keep hearing ‘We’re diversifying, there are so many women involved,’ the reality is that every year we have another problem, another thing exposed. Last year and the year before that they had no women keynote speakers. This year they finally made it 50-50, which is great, but realistically — if it is all cosmetic, this is a conversation that needs to keep going. The Innovation Award is just another example of that problem continuing.” After the show, the CTA evaluated the event and found this to be an area that needed addressing, said Jamie Kaplan, senior director of global event communications at the CTA, in an interview with VentureBeat. “The conversation around sex tech was definitely front and center,” Kaplan said. “We started having conversations both internally and externally about how to bring sex tech into the show. On the big picture side, what we’re trying to do is for the show to be welcoming and inclusive.” The CTA consulted with the team at Lora DiCarlo to craft the proper policy. Lora Haddock, CEO of Lora DiCarlo, says CTA rescinded her company’s CES Innovation Award for a female-focused robotic sex toy. Kaplan added, “One of the things about CES is that we’re always looking at how technology is evolving. How can we continue to keep the show relevant? Looking at the sex tech industry, we wondered how we could bring that into the show. And how could we do that in both a thoughtful and the right way? So it did take some time for the policies to come together.” A spokeswoman for Lora Dicarlo said “We are pleased to hear of the partnership with Shelley & FQ, that CTA took our recommendations for inclusion and language updates that we drafted, and support this move in the right direction. We are excited to share that Lora DiCarlo will be on the show floor at CES 2020 in the Health and Wellness area that will now include sex tech. We’re optimistic that this is a step in the right direction.” Naughty America’s AR strippers. Now the inconsistencies Lora Haddock found are being addressed. CES banned porn companies from the show in 2001, leading to the creation of an independent show, the Adult Entertainment Expo. While the porn industry got its own show, sex-positive makers of the Osé and others were left out in the cold. A few companies that demonstrated innovation — such as OhMiBod, with its mobile app-controlled sex toys — were allowed on the show floor. Lora DiCarlo wondered why OhMiBod was allowed in, but Lora Dicarlo wasn’t. The new policy means both can participate. OhMiBod founder Suki Dunham said in a statement, “We couldn’t be more pleased by CTA’s commitment to showcasing top-notch tech in the sexual wellness product category at CES 2020. CTA’s announcement outlining their new partnerships, programming, and policies of inclusivity and equality acknowledges that the playing field is not always level, but that they are dedicated to being an agent for change. OhMiBod has been committed to bringing tech-enabled, sex-positive, and inclusive products to the market since our inception. This will be OhMiBod’s 10th year exhibiting at CES, and we are looking forward to showcasing our latest innovations.” OhMiBod makes app-controlled sex and wellness toys. But one exhibitor at CES 2019 lost out in the new policy, which stated, “In addition, the existing CES ban on pornography will be strictly enforced with no exceptions for CES 2020.” That’s a setback for Naughty America, which has been exhibiting at CES in a side room buried deep in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center for a couple of years. The porn company touts such innovations as virtual reality porn and “augmented reality strippers in your room.” Naughty America CEO Andreas Hronopoulos showed off the AR tech at the most recent show and said that sex has always driven technology forward. Naughty America managed to get into the show by using a room, not a full exhibit. Now it looks like the company will have to settle for the Adult Entertainment Expo. Naughty America hasn’t yet responded to a request for comment. “I think what has happened over the years is that there have been inconsistencies with the policies, and then there’s an exception based on technology innovations, and moving forward, and there will be no exceptions,” Kaplan said. Kaplan said that larger diversity issues are being tackled, as well. The Female Quotient (The FQ) will be the official Equality Partner for CES 2020, and CTA will work with The Female Quotient’s Shelley Zalis and her team to advance gender equality. The FQ Lounge will be an official part of CES, serving as “the unplugged space for panel conversations to advance equality.” The CTA also awarded the first grants for its $10 million diversity fund to Harlem Capital Partners and SoGal Ventures, which both invest in startups created by women, people of color, and other underrepresented entrepreneurs.
17 Jul 19
Tech and Life Science

CES 2020 Will Allow Sex Toys But Crack Down On ‘Sexually Revealing’ Clothing Published on July 17, 2019 at 04:45AM The Consumer Electronics Show will allow sex toys to win awards and be presented on the show floor next year under the show’s health and wellness section. “The Consumer Technology Association, which runs the show, […]

16 Jul 19
Fortune
CES 2020 is going to be a bit sexier. The Consumer Technology Association, the organizers of the giant consumer tech trade show, has announced that next year’s show will have a new product category: Sex Tech. The announcement comes after a turbulent year that saw the group accused of sexism after a series of reversals when an adult novelty won a CES Innovation Award in 2019. At present, the Sex Tech area is only being called a one-year trial, and the CTA is setting careful limits to ensure its existing ban on pornography remains in effect. “Products must be innovative and include new or emerging tech to qualify,” the group said in a statement. In conjunction with the policy change, the CTA updated its CES dress code, forbidding booth personnel from wearing clothing that is sexually revealing or could be interpreted as undergarments. It’s unclear if this was to prevent adult novelty companies from being too provocative in their floor displays or if this was a reaction to “booth babe” models at the show. Sexually focused technology is nothing new at CES. Some adult novelty companies have been at the show for nearly a decade. However, show officials have kept a low profile on those, so the focus doesn’t shift from the panoply of new TVs, smart cars, and Internet of Things devices. But in 2019, the Ose, an adult novelty from start-up Lora DiCarlo, won a CES Innovation Award, though that award was later rescinded and the product was prohibited from exhibiting at the show. (The award was reinstated in May with the CTA admitting it had handled the situation poorly.) Lora DiCarlo greeted the news of the policy reversal warmly. “We are excited to share that Lora DiCarlo will be on the show floor at CES 2020,” said a spokesperson. “We’re optimistic that this is a step in the right direction.” Other adult novelty companies praised the CTA as well. “We couldn’t be more pleased,” said Suki Dunham, founder of OhMiBod, which has been a CES exhibitor for the past nine years. “CTA’s announcement… acknowledges that the playing field is not always level, but that they are dedicated to being an agent for change.” Adult novelties might have a history of being sold in the back room of adult stores, but they’ve grown into a $15 billion business and are now offered in stores like [hotlink]Nordstrom[/hotlink], Sharper Image, and Sephora. They’ve even begun attracting the attentions of private equity firms. In 2017, the adult novelty market was valued at $23.7 billion. It’s expected to top $35 billion by 2023. More must-read stories from Fortune: —The fall and rise of VR: The struggle to make virtual reality get real —A new A.I. is running the table against poker pros. Is business strategy next? —Video game addiction: These are the warning signs to look out for —Apple has new MacBooks. Here’s what you need to know —Listen to our new audio briefing, Fortune 500 Daily Catch up with Data Sheet, Fortune‘s daily digest on the business of tech.
14 Jul 19
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14 Jul 19
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14 Jul 19
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14 Jul 19
EmeraldsPalaceShop

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14 Jul 19
EmeraldsPalaceShop

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13 Jul 19
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The OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH is a revolutionary wireless and USB rechargeable – remote control vibrator. This sophisticated, lightweight and slim line vibe begs to be worn out on the town. Tucked away neatly in its custom black lace thong, it will accompany you comfortably to any destination whether it’s a night club or a […]

13 Jul 19
EmeraldsPalaceShop

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13 Jul 19
EmeraldsPalaceShop

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