We live in the golden age of technology. Our fridges can order the groceries for us, and we can store an entire computer in a device the size of a stiletto heel’s base.
But nobody’s figured out how to get intimate over the computer – until now. (Funny, you’d think it was more of a priority.)
The Mojowijo – admittedly not the sexiest name around – has been developed to help couples in long-distance relationships with access to the internet feel each others’ bodies without their physical presence.
It’s part of a technology field called teledildonics, and it made a massive splash in the toy world when it premiered earlier this year.
So how does it work – and is it creepy or cool?
There are two elements, one for the girl and one for the guy. (Bonus: you can in fact buy two female or male elements and connect them, so it’s not just a hetero experience – the LGBT community is connected too.)
The male’s is shaped like a rough ‘C’, whereas the female’s is pretty standard vibrator territory. They’re connected to, of all things, a Nintendo Wii accessory remote. Nintendo had nothing to do with the design, but if it takes off you can guarantee they’ll be kicking themselves. A Wii itself isn’t required at all.
Each device ‘feels’ the vibrations in the other, via a connection using Bluetooth or Skype. Basically, each half of the couple gets intimate with the toy – and they both feel each other’s pressures and reactions.
Skype revolutionised the possibilities for long-distance couples who needed intimacy, but it’s been hard to find toys which satisfy both couples. The RealTouch, for example, is a device which fits on the male member while a partner ‘touches’ it via remote joystick – but there’s no pleasure involved for the woman at all, besides the power rush of watching a long-distance partner writhe.
Teledildonics has been a part of tech research for a long time, but it’s been science fiction rather than fact for most of its genesis. Failed prototypes come out all the time, including a ‘kissing’ element which involved twisting your tongue around a piece of fibre which would then ‘replicate’ the fibre shape in your partner’s mouth, a full-body intimacy suit, and god knows what else.
However, couples who are separated have more options than ever before.
The Rabbit makers have gotten into the market too, with dildos and vibrators which connect via the internet – and there are sweeter options, like rings which pulse and pillows which glow with the beat of your long-distance partner’s heart.
It’s expensive – a good teledildonic set can cost up to $200 for a partner set, plus the bells and whistles involved in Wii technology and setting up Bluetooth – but it’s well worth it. Scientific research shows that long-distance couples who make an effort to stay intimate using whatever means are available have a much better chance of survival than those who break off the intimate side completely during the break.
So will you think about purchasing a Mojowijo next time your partner goes overseas for a while?
Image: The Mojowijo.