Open source, sonar-controlled vibrator you play like a theremin, with your whole body

Scanlime's Beth modded a remote control vibrator, replacing the interface with an Arduino-based sonar controller that she can activate with any part of her body, playing it like a theremin. The result is pretty cool -- it "closes the feedback loop" between the vibrator's intensity and the user's physical response. The post includes a detailed technical breakdown of the reverse-engineering steps that she used to work out how to hijack the control mechanism, and the steps that went into building the remote, including a 3D printed chassis. The plans are open source hardware (CC-BY-SA), and posted to Github.

This toy serves as a kind of analog bridge between two remote spaces: the column of ultrasonically-oscillating air in front of the remote, and whatever body part happens to be in contact with the vibrator. Touch that invisible space above the remote, and the vibrator touches you.

In fact, it does start to feel like there’s a palpable object in space above the remote’s sensors. Move your body close to it, and it reacts. Press into it lightly, or tease the edges. Flick your hand through it, or make graceful waves back and forth. You can use your whole body to touch it, almost like a big fuzzy vibrating cone floating in air.

If the sensor can see your body’s rhythms, it responds in kind, effortlessly synchronizing to its frequency. This is exactly the sort of closed-loop control I was after.

Hacking My Vagina (via Reddit)

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24 Responses to “Open source, sonar-controlled vibrator you play like a theremin, with your whole body”

  1. ffabian says:

    Won’t somebody please think of the children?

  2. Chentzilla says:

    The video didn’t disappoint.

  3. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Disappointed that Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow wasn’t playing.

    • carlogesualdodivenosa says:

       Given the whole theremin thing, I was expecting “Good Vibrations”.

      • Preston Sturges says:

        I was thinking more “A Token Of My Extreme” which is about sex with machines, “But if you want a really good one you have to learn a foreign language,” which used to be German, but now it’s C++ I guess. 

  4. Peter says:

    And they say there’s no good citizen science being done these days!

  5. eldritch says:

    Ya know, I was just thinking it’s been far too long since teledildonics has appeared in the news.

    Wait. No. The other thing. Short. Far too short.

  6. Hugh Johnson says:

    After reading this, it’s obviously going to be just me and my left hand tonight.
    Again.

    Hacked the guy right out to the picture. Sigh.

    • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

      Attempting to compete on specs with the sex toy industry is about as foolish as a mathematician attempting to compete on floating-point operations with the computing industry…

      (speaking of iconic tales of doomed competition, has anybody ever taken the American folklore of John Henry vs. the steam drill and re-shot it as an over-the-top musclebound homoerotic machine sexfest?)

  7. agitprop says:

    How long before a Republican Congressman writes a bill to outlaw this?

    • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

      At the state level? Negative quite a few years. Federally? Not much activity that has risen to the level of even preliminary media attention.

  8. dX says:

    That, um, really puts the ‘anker’ in ‘wanker’?

  9. nixiebunny says:

    Best use of electronic hacking skills I’ve seen all week!

    You really should read the whole article, although it won’t make much sense unless you do electronics.

  10. vonbobo says:

    Nice mod! I’m sure the original remote was a less than desirable tactile experience.

  11. Preston Sturges says:

    Fick mich, du Miserabler hurensohn
    Du miserabler hurensohn
    Fick mich, du Miserabler hurensohn
    Streck ihn aus
    Streck aus deinen
    Heissen gelockten
    Streck ihn aus
    Streck aus deinen
    Heissen gelockten
    Streck ihn aus
    Streck aus deinen
    Heissen gelockten
    Schwanz
    Ah-ee-ahee-ahhhhh!
    Mach es sehr schnell
    Rein und raus
    Magisches schwein
    Mach es sehr schnell
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    Magisches schwein
    Bis es spritzt, spritzt,Spritzt, spritzt
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    Aber beklecker nicht
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    Aber beklecker nicht
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  12. bo1n6bo1n6 says:

    No spooky halloween noises?

  13. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    The hackaday thread is… tragicomedic. It’s bitterly divided between the ‘eww, why are you getting your gross feminine sex toys in my hacks!’ contingent and the contingent that recognizes it as an atypically well done and written up example of the ‘hacks’ genre.

  14. jandrese says:

    This does hit me as perhaps the most pretentious sex toy ever invented, but at the same time it is fascinating.

  15. Todd Galveston says:

    Hahaha, that is so great. I recently bought the second generation of the LYLA from LELO http://www.lelo.com/index.php?collectionName=insignia-luxe&groupName=LYLA-2 I wonder if they can manage to hack this one as well. I would love to test Beth’s version, because the second one is stronger and waterproof. Or something with waves – in the water? I get carried away…

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