Sex toys all the buzz at Las Vegas tech show

Sex toys all the buzz at Las Vegas tech show

A robotic, hands-free vibrator named Ose that uses micro-robotic technology to mimic the sensation of a human mouth won a CES Innovation Award this year.

The innovative look and mechanics are even more impressive considering Osé is the first product out of Lora Dicarlo, a small company that's just 1-and-a-half years old.

Lora DiCarlo, a sex toy company was scheduled to showcase its first ever product at CES 2019 or Consumer Electronics Show 2019 along with a plaque for winning one of the Innovation awards at the trade show for Osé Robotic Massager.

Now the startup's founder Lora Haddock has hit back in an open letter published earlier this week detailing the different explanations from the organisation that have been given for revoking the award. CES has previously come under fire over a lack of female speakers in keynote slots, and the event has also been accused of being slow to reduce the number of so-called "booth babes" that appear on the convention show floor. On top of that, there have been exhibits from VR porn companies on the CES showfloor in the past, which leads to some confusion as to how the Osé meets any of the disqualifying reasons listed in the CTA's original response to Lora DiCarlo.

In response, the CTA told American technology news and media network The Verge that the award had been revoked because the Ose did not fit into any existing product categories and should not have been originally accepted for the awards programme.

TechCrunch reports that CES has also banned DiCarlo from exhibiting at CES.

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If you ask us, a product created to empower women's sexuality and health is far from "profane", and as Haddock made clear in her blog post, it practically screams robotics.

The market for sex products such as vibrators and lubricant is projected to grow to $37.2 billion globally by the year 2022, according to British sex toy retailer MysteryVibe.

However, she says bosses then claimed it did not fit the robotics category.

Sex toys and sex tech, for the record, have always been staples of CES.

Furthermore, the presence of women at the tradeshow is relatively less, be it female-focussed products or female presenters.

Sex toys and CES have an unusual history.

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