VR Tech Explored in Adult Toy

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The Handy is no ordinary adult toy. The brainchild of our CTO, cybernetics engineer Alexander Bjørkmann, it boasts technology and engineering design that makes possible a variety of features, including communication with smartphones, VR headsets and smart-home devices.

Additionally, the Handy can sync up its motorized stroker with video or audio media—using script files (essentially programming code that tells the device how to move and behave based on the content being played). This creates an immersive experience by pairing sight and sound with synchronized tactile sensations for men.

Furthermore, customers can enjoy the device with peace of mind, thanks to a patented privacy solution that limits data sent to third parties. Users can, at any time, use a “connection key” at the hardware level to identify user connections to third-party services.

Ohdoki CEO Jens Petter Wilhelmsen speaking at Wolves Summit Vienna in October. His firm won fifth place in the startup showcase, where he presented the development of the Handy. (Source: Ohdoki)

One area in particular that has attracted a lot of interest is the development of real-time movement tracking, which would allow the Handy to sync to movements without involving a script file.

Speaking with users who have mobility limitations has also motivated us to investigate how we can create more accessible technology that can be used in conjunction with the Handy. Last year, we worked with former Norwegian boxing champion Nils Arne Morka, who has been diagnosed with ALS, a neurodegenerative disease that affects voluntary control of the muscles, to develop an experimental, hands-free solution for the Handy using eye tracking to control the movement of the device.

The Handy pairs sight and sound with synchronized tactile sensations to create an immersive experience.
The Handy pairs sight and sound with synchronized tactile sensations to create an immersive experience.

Brushless motor helps with precision

Beyond the Handy, this experimental tech could enable people with disabilities to recreate similarly specific and accurate movements that they may otherwise have difficulty performing.

One of the key features of the Handy that sets it apart from its peers is its brushless motor, which is powered by a direct current and uses electronic commutation to control movement instead of the mechanical brushes of the brushed motor.

Brushless motors are more efficient to run, have a longer lifespan and can produce more power than brushed motors of similar size and weight. When combined with the algorithms in the Handy’s firmware, this equals remarkably precise and fluid movement.

Part of haptic feedback trend

The Handy’s ability to create immersive experiences for users is part of a wider trend of the evolution of VR technology and haptic feedback in a range of industries, with major tech companies investing heavily in development.

The adoption of VR tech and haptics has been particularly significant in the gaming and entertainment industries, with VR gaming becoming increasingly popular. At the same time, the potential of VR technology and haptics is also being explored in other areas, such as healthcare, education and training.

For instance, some VR technology is already used to create simulations for medical training and therapy, providing a safe and controlled environment for practitioners to practice procedures or for patients to receive treatment. Meanwhile, HaptX has developed gloves that enable users to accurately control robotic hands, opening up numerous possibilities within engineering and manufacturing.

Open API promotes tech adoption

In part because of our open API, our Handy device promotes tech adoption by making it increasingly affordable, convenient and user-friendly for consumers.

Moreover, due to our open API, there has been a flurry of development within our user community, with third-party developers creating custom applications to control the Handy’s movement in novel ways and creating compatible VR gaming experiences, demonstrating how much further the technology in even our relatively niche product can be pushed.

In the coming years, we can also expect to see increased investment in the VR and haptic technology space as the industry continues to grow and expand. This technology will continue to play an increasingly important role in shaping the future of our world. We are excited to be at the forefront of this technological revolution and look forward to seeing what the future holds for the Handy and other devices like it.

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