Test Your Strength Game: Proof-of-Concept

At Arse Elektronika 2012 this fall, I’ll be presenting a Test Your Strength game!  This is the first electronics project I’ve ever done outside of a class: a silicone toy consisting of a bulb instrumented with a force sensor and a shaft containing a row of LEDs. The bulb is inserted either into a vagina, or potentially into an anus. When the person squeezes, the cock illuminates.  The harder you squeeze, the brighter it gets.

Because who doesn’t want a light-up cock?

The harder you squeeze, the more the toy will light up!

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Three Tips for Giving Sex-Positive Advice to People Who Haven’t Had Sex and Want To

You’re at the wedding of a very conservative relative who hasn’t had partnered sex before. How can you give sex-positive advice?

Recently, I went to the wedding of one of my very religious cousins.  I wasn’t planning on talking about sex at all while I was there, but the wedding gave me the opportunity to be sex-positive in an environment that I had always experienced as very sex-negative.

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Interview with Dr. X. Treme of X. Treme Orgasmatronics

A physics-based sex toy? FUCK YES! Meet Doctor X. Treme, who has a Ph.D.in applied physics and invents sex machines. He is the founder of  X. Treme Orgasmatronics, which will soon be launching its first product, the X1 Orgasmatron.

I was introduced to Doctor X. Treme by a friend who I met at Transcending Boundaries 2011.  Last weekend, I got to see his soon-to-be-launched X1 in person, and all I can say is that I think he’s on to something with this whole “science” thing. The X1 doesn’t feel like any other toy I’ve ever tried, and I can’t wait to buy one and collect some data myself. >:) I love to talk with other kinky geeks, so I appreciate this opportunity to pick Doctor X.’s brain and hear about his design process.

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The Mind-Altering Substance You Might Be Bringing Into Your Bedroom

(or, Strap-On Sex + IRC FTW)

Note: This story contains graphic descriptions of my own sexual experiences. If reading about my sex life might be TMI for you, then you’ll want to skip this post.

Technology and pleasure can intersect in a variety of ways (especially when you have a very broad definition of technology. Many of us decide to add dildos, vibrators, rope or other toys to our play because we want new physical experiences.  What we don’t often consider is how using technology can change how you think about those physical experiences.  (Not to mention the fact that bringing a new piece of technology into the bedroom can be extremely funny.)

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How to Make an Aluminum Cane

Instructions by Kirr (on Fetlife) and Kristen

This is a very basic project that only requires a couple of tools. The cane pictured also happens to be the first cane I’ve ever experienced. The fact that it’s pretty lightweight meant it didn’t seem as scary to try, and it felt very interesting without being overwhelming.

Thanks to Kirr for telling me about this project!

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