If you believe that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the sextech and sexual wellness industry is full of admirers. Currently valued at $30 billion, the category is projected to grow to more than $120 billion in the next five years. Those potential dollar signs are what have a new cohort of entrepreneurs, designers, and even a few daring investment funds racing to attract the attention of the modern, sexually liberated, wellness consumer.
This industry boom is also why, if you walk into any adult “novelty” shop, the aisles are crowded, to say the least. From neon-hued bullet vibrators to anatomically questionable dildos, there’s no shortage of cheap, easy fun to be found. On the other end of this spectrum are some higher-tech toys, with features like touchless stimulation (counterintuitive?), to the fully integrated, smart, and app-controlled devices that promise an orgasm—and they might help you with your taxes, too.
With so many options available today, you might be wondering: what makes Lora DiCarlo sexual wellness products unique and innovative? We talked to our engineering team to break down exactly what went into our award-winning tech.
One Of These Vaginas Is Not Like The Other
To truly understand the complexity of the engineering problems our stalwart team set out to solve, you have to first understand that they were starting from scratch. When you are designing and engineering a product for a specific body part, (hint: it’s the vulva and vagina), it is helpful to have reference material of that anatomical region. Unshockingly, such a guide did not exist, or if it did, it did not exist with the level of detail required to build a machine that was customizable for a variety of anatomies and preferences.
Utilizing initial data collected through friends and family surveys, our engineers were able to establish a range of measurements to begin optimizing the needed flexibility and rigidity of the materials in order for the product to be fully adjustable and also stay in place while in use. Once initial prototypes were built, they conducted many rounds of user testing, from which dozens of iterations were produced and subsequently tested, and refined.
We asked our engineers what they thought were some of the biggest challenges to creating a truly customizable product, to which they responded:
“Body anatomy is highly varied and there is a lack of statistical measurement data to reference for design.” - Blake Larkin, Mechanical Design Engineer
“Our first efforts failed to overcome the dynamics of the physical system. The space is long and narrow, which ended up being the primary constraint. Getting enough force to ensure the movement in all conditions in the available volume took many tries and burned up many motors.” - Mark Hazelton, Director of Production
“The vagina's space is small relative to the volume of components required to generate the force and movement needed to mimic a human finger.” - Kim Porter, Director of Engineering
It’s All In the Finger
With our first product, Osé, we had two specific objectives:
- Create a product that provides simultaneous stimulation to the external clitoral glans and the internal urethral sponge, aka, the G-spot.
- Create a product that mimics the biological motions of a human partner stimulating these erogenous zones.
Like all great ideas, this was inspired by a moment, (several moments, actually), of unbridled bliss. In other words—it all started with an orgasm.
Dual-stimulation products are not uncommon. In fact, the most ubiquitous version of this is probably the rabbit vibrator, which broke through the FCC censorship wall way back in the ‘90s. Snaps to that. However, what we found is that there are not many dual-stimulation products that provide enough sustained stimulation to both erogenous zones to produce a dual orgasm, or what is known as the blended orgasm. Click that link to read in depth about the mind-bending properties of a blended orgasm, and exactly how to start attempting one for yourself. The gist is, you need specific and prolonged stimulation, which is exactly what we designed Osé to provide.
In order to create a product that mimics human touch, specifically the motion of a finger stroking the G-spot, our engineering team turned to the principle of biomimetic design. The brains behind our tech explain it thusly:
“Biomimicry is technology that is inspired by and modeled after the motion of beings found in nature. Devices like Osé improve the way that people think of and utilize that technology by creating a more natural and less mechanized experience for the user. Designing Osé involved the translation of mouth, finger, and tongue haptics into subjectively characterized data, mechanisms, and custom firmware that feel like real human motions.”
To assist in bringing this brainy concept to life, we partnered with Oregon State University College of Engineering. (You always knew science was sexy.) Together our team of engineers, and a few incredible engineering students, developed the proprietary technologies which are found in our family of Lora DiCarlo products today. Osé itself has over 235 different components, which is more than the number of bones in the human body. It also houses a custom motor and custom gearbox, which was required to support the complex functions. That’s just one way we are em-powering your pleasure.
Throughout our full line of products, what is most notable at a glance, is that they do not rely on vibration to provide stimulation. Rather, they have been engineered to reproduce human motions. Eccentric rotating mass (ERM) motors, are what are most commonly used in sex toys, specifically vibrators. In technical terms: the vibrations are produced when a rotating unbalance occurs within the motor—similar to how a washing machine vibrates when the load is uneven. These motors are a dime a dozen, and the category of sex toys has not progressed much past this mechanical point.
Maybe we’re gluttons for punishment, but we rarely do things the easy way here at Lora DiCarlo. So—after we engineered our robotic, G-spot massaging, finger—we turned our attention to how to best stimulate the clitoris sans ERMs.
The other option available in clitoral stimulation products on the market comes in the form of air pressure waves. These products utilize mechanisms that create a vacuum, which creates suction on the clitoris, or alternate between suction and pressure. This is described as negative-positive pressure.
Our choice was to use consistent positive pressure to repeatedly press the clitoris, rather than suction (negative pressure), which we felt better mimicked the sensation of a partner's mouth. Interestingly, both positive pressure and negative pressure can create the sensation of sucking. The full coverage design of Osé and Baci’s clitoral stimulator cup provides additional thumping sensations to the entire vulva, allowing the pressure waves to translate to the internal body of the clitoris as well, which provides greater arousal of the erectile tissues.
Seal Of Approval
Today, Lora DiCarlo has thirteen patents pending and two patents (notice of allowance) in biomimicry, microrobotics, mechatronic controls, and multi-compliance materials. You can read through the details of the patent applications on our Patents Page. Or, you can take our happy and satisfied customers' word for it.