The Future of Porn Is Here and Its So Real You Can Feel It

With an impish smirk, the raven-haired beauty gazes into the camera and out at her audience, live streaming from the comforts of her home studio. Leaning forward, her lips graze the rim of her coffee mug, then suddenly without warning she jumps as if shocked by an unseen force. Her brown eyes dance with mischief as she teasingly scolds her viewers. Guys, she purrs, stretching the word out, youre gonna make me spill my coffee. She reaches down to her panties, shifting a little as she makes a few adjustments beneath her skirt to the hidden device nestled snugly between her legs.

As a virtual reality performer on a popular cam site, Layla Savage is well-versed in the art of connecting directly with her audience letting them into her life one sexy show at a time. However, it wasnt until earlier this year that those viewers could reach out and touch her, so to speak. With the flick of a button, a high tech sex toy and a VR headset (Layla says many of her fans use Google Cardboard) men and women everywhere can indulge their sexual fantasies, catering to three of the five senses for an unparalleled immersive experience.

Live streaming VR web cam shows with a 360-degree view had people feeling as if they were there with Layla visually but the ability to control how she feels while theyre in the virtual world together has changed the way she does business. Its incentivized her audience to pay more for the high quality interaction. People feel like they can do something to throw me off. They like to see my reaction to something they did personally. Its instantaneous, says Layla. So I adapted that into my business model and now use the toy to build incentives for private shows.

Using a Bluetooth connection and a QR code that must be scanned in prior to the interaction, Layla and her fans can experience matching mutual sensations in real time with these specialized teledildonic devices. Imagine you have a toy at home and while I run my finger along the one on my end it vibrates, the same way. You get to experience what Id do to you, says Layla. Some of her fans love it so much they feel as if theyre really there with her. One fan told her the only thing better would be the ability to smell her scent. Perhaps thatll be the next iteration.

From both a personal and business perspective, its the authenticity that makes this product worth the price. Knowing they can have a real impact on the performance is not only what draws consumers to these types of shows but also has them reaching for their wallets. In the era of free porn, thats no easy feat. My excitement level is more organic, they can see Im having fun with them and its a different experience altogether, says Layla.

For all the skeptics out there, Layla offers a test a test of authenticity. Craving a genuine experience, fans are willing to pay more for authenticity but only if they can prove its real. With one simple move, she puts their minds at ease: she turns around, facing away from the camera, and closes her eyes. When a fan tips a token, the synchronized sex toy vibrates, and her body reacts with a slight but noticeable clenching, thus proving to the fans that it really does work.

Despite the hype, not everyone is ready to embrace this new frontier in sex toy tech. Some company owners worry about the products limited future in the market place. Brian Sloan, maker of the leading mechanized male sex toy AutoBlow 2, says he purposefully passed on the opportunity to turn his product into a synchronized sex toy. Ive had offers to integrate Bluetooth into my product but the problem, and its not sexy to talk about, is the cost, says Brian. Pleasure is a key metric and if youre losing so much margin on a device while not delivering an exponentially better experience to people, it falls short. While Brian believes theres an interest in connected sex toys, he sees it as a small percentage of consumers and instead believes the focus should be expanding within a market price that the average consumer can afford.

Consumers will have to spend several hundred dollars to get in on the synchronized sex toy tech, which is currently marketed via Kiiroo for both men and women. For men, the Kiiroo Launch is an automated futuristic-looking canister designed to encase the Fleshlight (an artificial vagina), turning the top selling male masturbator into an interactive sex toy capable of haptic feedback in real time. Women have their own vibrator version that syncs with the Launch.

While the technology has many excited, its unclear how much of a mass market product itll become. While porn consumption is skyrocketing according to PornHubs 2016 Year in Review, just last year the site had 64 million visitors a day (44,000 every minute) it is not indicative of how much consumers are willing to pay for their pleasure. Frequently used by those looking to score free porn, PornHub is now the same site offering XXX videos that will pair with synchronized sex toys, should you own one essentially giving it their stamp of approval. As a primary porn provider, if PornHub is promoting it this tech might just see a faster adoption rate than its predecessors like VR.

Adult industry pioneer and noted Queen of VR, Ela Darling, is eager to see the market expand in this direction. Creating a deeper, more engaging VR experience with haptic feedback was the logical next step to virtual intimacy. New technology partnered with a sex toy many men already own means the tech is more likely to be adopted by consumers, according to Darling, whos had ample experience in pushing new sex tech. Darling shrugs off the price point. People who are interested in VR are people willing to try new technology, and I think most people when they try any kind of VR sex experience they want some sort of haptic feedback with it, she says.

Itd be like buying a really fancy computer and then using a monitor from the 90s, like one of those big boxy beige things. If youre going all-in you want to get the most of it and these devices are a great way of doing that.

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