While the vibrator was invented just shortly after Edison created the electric light, it's only recently that adult toys have begun to fully tap the power of technology. From vibrators that sync with iPods to toys purposefully designed for using in water, the industry is challenging both the way sex toys are designed and the way we think about them. Highlighted below, check out some of the latest "sexcessories" that apply a modern approach to stimulation.
Ola Memorable Vibrator
Created by newcomer Minna, the Ola vibrator (pictured at right) reacts to how it's squeezed, remembering the rhythm pattern for the ultimate in personal satisfaction. Officially launching later this year, the Ola will sell online along with a collection of smartly designed products for intimate activity.
We Vibe Couples Vibrator
The unique We Vibe vibrator is designed to maximize both internal and external stimulation. Made of medical-grade silicone, the flexible "zero maintenance" vibrator features a powerful motor on each end and a slim profile that doesn't interfere. It sells online or at Babeland stores in NYC for around $100.
Tenga Flip Hole
The reusable hole takes male masturbation to the next level, adding a complex interior shape with each centimeter lending a different sensation—check out the video for a detailed description.
Tenga also offers the Egg, a smaller, simpler version of the Flip Hole (pictured above). A silicone oval with three different patterns within the soft silicone interior, the Egg stretches and flips inside out for ease of use and cleanliness. It runs $35 for a set of three, sold from Tenga, where you can also check out their new accessories and creams for further control over masturbatory experiences.
Ohmibod Freestyle Wireless Vibrator
Ohmibod's musically-inspired vibes already have quite the following, but 2010 sees the pleasure toy go wireless with their updated version called the Freestyle. Simply connect the wireless transmitter to an iPod or other mp3 player using the mini jack and the Freestyle's high-powered motor vibrates to the rhythm of the music. The vibe retails online for $130.
Sex in the Shower
Designed specifically for use in water, Amazon.
Je Joue offers two varieties of vibrators in four colorways, each with specific purpose. The G-Ki's space-age look matches its adjustable design, which is light years ahead of the average vibrator. With two heads—one long and slender the other wide and curved—the G-Ki changes shape from a hook to a subtle half-moon. Its ergonomic design maximizes all areas of a female's anatomy and is perfect for couples' use. Pre-order it from Je Joue.
"The closest thing to the tip of the tongue," the SaSi ($150) is a hand-held vibrator that memorizes which of its five patterns move you the most. Learn more about the G-Ki and SaSi from the Je Joue website, where you can watch directional videos and find a local retailer.
An original juggernaut of the modern sex toy industry, Swedish label Lelo offers a line of toys boasting clean, minimalist shapes and materials. The Tor ($109), an elegant take on the classic gentleman’s ring (above left), features six stimulation modes that adapt to the user's desires. The Mia ($64), a discreet, lipstick-size travel vibrator, doesn't sacrifice quality with size and conveniently recharges through a USB port. Lelo also offers a "Luxe" version, which casts their favored toys in steel or gold.
This two-part toy, designed for use by couples and inspired by yin and yang, vibrates in tandem for a whole new foreplay experience. Both pieces feature 10 modes and five speeds and sells from Liberator for $175.