PornHub Launches ‘Interactive’ Videos That Sync With Wireless Sex Toys

For as long as technology has existed, mankind has been using it to find ways to enhance its collective sexual pleasure. The oldest known dildo is 28,000 years old and was excavated at — and I swear to God, this is true — Hohle Fehls Cave. There’s even an entire porn-driven theory of technology that argues that widespread adoption by the porn industry is critical in the launch of any new technology.

Now PornHub has launched the ability to synchronize wireless sex toys with a new “Interactive” video category. This isn’t the result of some crazy kinky technology mankind just dreamed up, either. So-called teledildonics firms (seriously, couldn’t anyone find a better word than that?) have been working on this kind of technology for years.

Fleshlight Launch

The Fleshlight Launch.

So here’s the deal: If you’re the lucky owner of a Fleshlight Launch ($ 199), Kiiroo Onyx ($ 249) or the Kiiroo Pearl 2 (price unclear, but the Pearl is $ 149), you can download the Feel Connect app for iOS or Android, open the app, sync your toy and your smartphone, and then… scan a QR code?

Ok, so this process isn’t quite as smooth and silky as one might want. The relevant instructions include:

Go to the “My websites” tab in the app and select “Add a website.” This will activate the camera on your phone which will be used to scan the QR code on the PornHub video page.

Go to a video in the Interactive category on PornHub. Click “Sync Interactive Toy to Video” button. This will pop the QR code. Scan it with your phone’s camera. Now the video and toy are connected.

Click “Watch in App”. Now the video is controlling the toy.

Make sure you don’t shut down the application while the toy is communicating with the video or it will get disconnected.

PornHub is promising to expand its supported device section with gadgets from OhMiBod, We-Vibe, and Lovense, with separate support for VR (and the inevitably named Cockulus Rift).

It’s not the device, it’s the data

Terrible puns aside, I don’t actually have a problem with this kind of product. What consenting adults get up to with sex toys isn’t my concern, and products that enhance or increase intimacy between people can be helpful in a variety of settings. But we’ve already seen how this kind of device can bite its end users in the keister. Standard Innovation settled a lawsuit against it for $ 3.75 million that alleged the company had collected users’ private data — and it’s hard to imagine people not considering the details of their sex lives to be private, or at the very least, only meant to be shared with consenting partners.

I’m not accusing PornHub or its device partners of any shenanigans, but robust data protection is important in this context. Nobody with an erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation problem is likely to want to be marketed to based on data collected from the sex toys they prefer. Similarly, there are plenty of legal fantasies and interests shared by consenting adults whose leakage into the general community in the event of a data breach could be embarrassing or actively detrimental to one’s career prospects.

Pornhub’s FAQs don’t address any specific policies around how this data will be collected and shared, but they probably should. What consenting adults get up to in the privacy of their own homes or sex lives should be their business, and their business alone. But we’ve seen enough of a general attack on the very concept of user privacy these last few years that it wouldn’t surprise me if marketing companies are already salivating at the idea of this well-lubed virtual gold mine.

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