Sunday, October 22, 2017

Rev1000: High-Tech Route to Male Pleasure

October 21, 2017 by  
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The Rev1000 has seven speeds - Photo from Sextoys
The Rev1000 has seven speeds – Photo from Sextoys

For years, women have had the upper hand when it comes to sex toys. Innovations, such as the Rabbit, have kept female pleasure devices at the front of the industry’s priorities. But now one company hopes to change all this with a high-tech product aimed at men.

Called the Rev1000, launched in November 2011 and available from Sextoys, the male masturbator has seven speeds and seven functions providing 49 combinations for a man to try. The functions are basically different rotating patterns ranging from a standard clockwise rotation to various combinations of clockwise and anti-clockwise programmes, each of which can be matched to one of the seven speeds. And the handily placed control panel means the settings can easily be adjusted while in operation.

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the rather frighteningly looking device itself (see picture), along with charger and adaptors and, rather stingily given it costs £120, just one sachet of lubricant. The instructions warn against using the device without lubricant as that can lead to friction burns. There is also a spare inner sleeve. The sleeve is the part that makes actual contact and has an array of soft nodules that caress the shaft as it rotates.

When charged, it gives about 40 minutes of continuous use, which is more than enough for most men, and it takes just one hour to recharge, which is less than it takes most men, so no problems there.

Using the Rev1000

The control button at the top is very easy to get the hang of as users can scroll through the settings one way for the different programmes and the other way for the various speeds. The button at the centre is the start-stop, and the little instruction booklet explains the rotating pattern for each setting.

The first time it was used, everything went as expected. However, on subsequent tests the controls started to become a little random, with it, for example, jumping straight from the slowest to the fastest speed and then staying on that speed despite various button presses. Then it refused to turn itself off and had to be dismantled with a screwdriver to stop it spinning. After that rather traumatic experience, it went back to working almost normally.

Cleaning the Rev1000

For obvious reasons, the Rev1000 should be cleaned after each use. This is a bit fiddly as it involves unscrewing various parts and washing just them in warm, soapy water. The main unit with the motor is not waterproof and that needs to be kept dry. It then needs to be reassembled when everything is dry before it can be used again.

How Good Is It?

The experience is certainly novel, though the seven speed feature is a bit of a let down in that, while there is a big difference between one and seven, the incremental stages are not that noticeable. The rotating programmes are interesting, and create unusual feelings but do not exert the type of pressure that is often needed. Many will find themselves still finishing by hand, but that is not to say that the Rev1000 didn’t help.

An enhancement would be an up and down movement as well as rotating. As the technology improves and they can fit it into a better package, the possibility exists for them to be embedded inside life-sized dolls.

Until then, the novelty of the device could soon wear out. There does not seem to be sufficient stimulation for it to be any more than an occasional variation. A nice change and a step in the right direction, but more work is probably needed to make it a best seller.

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Steve Rogerson is a UK-based writer specialising in television, technology, sports and beer.


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Whoosh! Breaking a new space barrier.

October 20, 2017 by  
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There have been some great moments in space exploration.

The first manned flight into space in 1961.

The moon landing in 1969.

The Hubble space telescope launch in 1993.

And now, in 2011, the first sex toy launch into space.

Some may doubt whether this latest milestone ranks with those others, but no matter. It’s generated lots of publicity for an online sex toy shop.

On Oct. 8, SexToy.com launched the vibrating bullet, a vibrator, into space, reaching a peak speed of 1,800 feet per minute and hitting a maximum altitude of 120,000 feet.

Then came the ride down. It was a rough one.

For its descent the vibrator was attached to a solar-powered helium balloon. The balloon was to slow the pace of descent, so the device would hit the ground at between 5 mph and 10 mph.

But the balloon popped about two-thirds of the way back to earth. The vibrator hit the ground at 60 mph.

But no loss. The device was still vibrating after the crash, and in fact had vibrated the entire nine hours of the trip, a testament to the quality and durability of the product under the roughest of conditions.

Unlike previous space launches, the SexToy.com project was not motivated by an urge to break new scientific ground. It was not intended as a big step, or even a small step, for mankind.

The aim was more modest: to generate publicity for SexToy.com’s wares, and it did the job admirably, lighting up the internet in lively discussion.

As with so many such bold ventures, there were and are many doubters, and in fact an online debate has raged over whether the launch actually happened.  Some have accused SexToy of engaging in a hoax.

The online shop dismisses all such suggestions, pointing to the video as evidence.

It’s already planning a second foray into the heavens.

“The success of this launch has our team planning the next space endeavor,” says Sextoy CEO Dave Levin.

“We may be launching a sex doll into space to serve as an extraterrestrial representative ‘baring’ the slogan, ‘We Come in Peace.’”

In a gesture to those who found the first launch offensive, Sextoy is auctioning off the space-traveling vibrator on eBay, with proceeds going to a breast cancer awareness charity in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.