Behind the Brilliance of Butt Plugs

Khryss | Published 2017-08-26 13:11

It's no longer a surprise that internet-connected sex toys have been on the market for quite a while now, however, whatever operates these personal devices remains unshared with users in a way that makes it allowable to be tinkered. Sure this can be shipped and be customizable because of its built-in settings with either a phone app, desktop app, or web interface designed by the manufacturer, but no specific access would this ever allow a user to completely modify the device.

Thus, the butt plug -- by Kyle Machulis.

This device is a sex toy control standard that let developers build software to deliberately manipulate the sex toys with a range of coded languages. Instead of creating and/or generating a customized code for each device or operating system by each individual user, the developers will have set the standards for the butt plugs to create a set of commands -- something they hope to allow diverse communities to have extensively modifiable settings in each of the toy's interface and functionality, as typically, most are designed for able bodied, heterosexual people.

If the coders, creators, and developers are able to write simple code that work across a considerable number of devices, even though each device would take different commands at the hardware level, they can eventually attempt to figure out new and unexpected -- and hopefully even more pleasurable -- ways for the users to interact with these products.

For years, Machulis has been creating software code and writing both articles related to sex technology. He notes that inherent contradiction of sex toys is that they are simultaneously immensely intimate and also mass-produced -- which makes it difficult to design products that accommodate every user's certain desire. Additionally, this would make the developers create functionality for users from marginalized groups, whose needs may not be met by the default design.

Machulis adds, "We're really interested in inclusive interfaces -- things the LGBT community might be interested in, or the differently-abled community might be interested in -- and the reason this tool is built [as open source] is because we don't have these answers. We want to help these communities build their own tools, they're the ones with the experience to take the tools and build what they need."

The creator also points out that we humans are at a strange crossroad wherein mainstream media will may or may not harshly debate the future of intercourse with robots and/or artificial intelligence, while being negligent to more immediate questions in relation to how we should be able to access software and hardware of the variety of connected toys that are already on the market.

Back-end engineering, FTW!

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/433w8d/heres-why-we-need-more-open-source-software-for-buttplugs

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