Leave it up to the Japanese to continue pushing the envelop of the virtual reality sex experiences. A team of developers (not sure who exactly, so if anyone knows please leave a comment below so that I can give credit) have paired the Oculus Rift with a Novint Falcon and a Tenga.
For those of you who are not familiar with the later two devices let me give you some insight (I had to educate myself as well before writing this).
The Novint Falcon is a gaming device that is usually used to control in game gun controls and a like. Here’s video of the device in action:
Tenga is company that designs male masturbation devices similar to the Fleshlight. The device that’s featured in the video below is a “cup” design and it can be viewed in more detail here on their main site.
Put these 3 devices together, and a great game like 3D Custom Maid and you get the following video demo:
Now, you may not think this is anything special, but it’s really the first technology that we’ve seen that is capable of visualizing sexual acts without input from the user. Essentially you should (once properly developed) sit back in your favorite lounge chair and get a hand job from a virtual maid. Note also, that although they’re using a Tenga for the demo there’s no reason why using a Fleshlight wouldn’t also be equally entertaining.
This is really what’s been missing in the virtual reality porn niche from the very start. Although erotic role playing games seem interesting they may have a tendency to get old without any real sexual stimulation (other than self stimulation of course). The real goal is to develop a virtual reality that allows the user to experience something that is as close to sex as possible. With these type of ideas it looks like we’re getting pretty close to something exciting.
Even without an interactive game like 3D custom maid this application would be awesome. How about simply watching regular porn on the rift with the Novint jerking you off. Much better than doing it yourself. But, really it seems like the biggest appeal for most will be the interaction with the characters on the screen.
I think the question is not how or who, but really when. The demand for such a technology is immense and those that can simulate the sexual experience as poised to capture a significant market.
As much as I would love to rail on about wanting to demo this setup I can’t really try anything out until I receive my Rift. It was ordered back in October and I’m expecting delivery late November. Should have an update to everyone shortly.