Design a sex toy concept for 2050, one that incorporates current or speculative technologies in order to imagine the future of product-enabled intimacy.DOORS CLOSE:
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 MIDNIGHT ESTBRIEF:
2016 is the year of the intelligent sex toy (http://bit.ly/20jSg8i
Once simple products focused solely on ergonomics, sex toys are now enhanced with highly advanced technologies. For example, KIIROO (http://bit.ly/1W6Ured
) is a teledildonic system that allows long distance couples to simulate intercourse through identically choreographed motion-enabled sex toys. We recently wrote about Comingle's Mod (http://bit.ly/1nSUPC3
), an open-source multivibrating dildo. Another sophisticated tech gadget on the market for women is Elvie (http://bit.ly/1WkjOIT
) —"your most personal trainer"— an exerciser meant for strengthening kegel muscles. Women can insert the device and play a game on their phone that responds to the pelvic pressure applied during kegel exercises (these exercises can lead to better orgasms and even improved posture). As the sex and tech become more intertwined, how can we reimagine these products in order to foster better relationships between individuals and make for a more realistic sense of intimacy?
How would you design smart sex toys of the future? Connect a vibrator with a dating app for long distance love with strangers! Or maybe it's a hologram that could also simulate a person's touch (through robotics? Complex electro-currents?)! The only thing holding you back are the limits of your own imagination and the length of your lunch hour.JURY:
Dan Chen, Designer at MIT Media Lab and robot enthusiast focused on the intersection between robotics and intimacy
Judith Glover, Industrial Designer and Professor of 'Future Sex' sex toy design course at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia
Jon Winebrenner, Designer + 1 Hour Design Challenge GuruCRITERIA:
Your submissions will be judged based on their LEVEL OF INTIMACY, CRAFTSMANSHIP, and ORIGINALITY. Read more about criteria here: http://www.core77.com/posts/46450/1-Hour-Design-Challenge-Sex-Toys-of-the-FuturePRIZES:
GRAND PRIZE — The Studio Desk Set - $300 Prize Value!!!
RUNNERS-UP— The Work Shop Set - $100 Total Prize Value!!