And yet even through my haze of teledildonics pessimism, I've still been able to see some promise for the technology: Not so much as a new kind of sex, but as an enhancement to cam shows, a popular form of virtual sex work that's become more interactive with the addition of responsive sex toys (and, in some cases, a bit of cam girl ingenuity and hacking).A few years ago, I stood on the floor of the Adult Entertainment Expo as a Real Touch representative hyped the Real Touch Interactive, a "haptic" device that used a souped-up dildo (or, ugh, joystick) to control the sensations meted out by a connected masturbation sleeve. The representative described a world where long-distance couples—for example, the military couples Real Touch was already reaching out to—could engage in simulated sex with the help of this product; so long as "sex" was defined as one partner selflessly jerking off, blowing, or fucking a pretty lame-looking dildo all for the pleasure of the other's sleeve-encased cock.
It's about getting more intimate with a person you'd likely never be in the same room with (let alone inside of)
According to Storm, the most popular toys are from OhMiBod: the Club Vibe 2.Oh and the Freestyle G. Though they're not teledildonics toys in the technical sense—both products respond to local sound input, rather than remote inputs streamed over the internet—cam girls have effectively hacked them to function that way, setting up their toys to respond to the sound generated by customer tips. The more tips a cam girl receives, the more intensely her vibrator responds, meaning the more viewers are willing to pay, the hotter a show they'll get.For Chaturbate cam girls, who spend most of their time hustling for tips in "free" public rooms, this is a pretty easy way to ramp up income. As Storm explained, the OhMiBod toys "tend to encourage rapid-fire and constant tipping from viewers."We-Vibe markets its products, which can be controlled by an app, to couples—which just so happens to work for cam girls with a bit of tinkering.In terms of "true" teledildonics, there's the We-Vibe 4 Plus, which Storm has used with a handful of clients. Designed as a couple's toy, the We-Vibe is a wearable vibrator that's connected to a smartphone app, which can control the vibrator from anywhere in the world. The We-Vibe allows Storm's clients a great deal more interaction than the Club Vibe or Freestyle.
"The client has very direct, complete control over my vibrator"
Since it's not tied to tips, the We-Vibe can be a more reliable source of income. But because it's designed as a toy for (presumably monogamous) "couples," the We-Vibe doesn't quite lend itself to a cam girl's needs. It's clunky to connect the toy to a new client's phone, the app must be completely reinstalled on the cam girl's phone for it to work smoothly with each new client. Yet even with all the issues, it's enticing enough that Storm's looking to increase her use of it, even going so far as to have a friend program a custom Chaturbate app to use with the We-Vibe.Of course, Storm would have a much easier time if companies like We-Vibe were willing to acknowledge that their products are more likely to usher in the the future of sex work, rather than sex."I feel a lot of teledildonics sex toy companies are terrified at the thought of promoting their products for cam model use, since they want to 'go mainstream' by appealing to the general masses with marketing focused on use by long-term monogamous couples, and attempting to distance themselves from the adult industry," said Storm.
"I feel a lot of teledildonics sex toy companies are terrified at the thought of promoting their products for cam model use"