This Groundbreaking Sex Toy Won a Tech Award, Lost It, and Won It Back Again—Now It's Available for Pre-Order
The Osé's CES award for innovation was initially revoked because the sex toy was considered too "profane", but the award was reinstated last spring.
The Osé is designed to deliver blended orgasms—aka orgasms that result from stimulating the clitoris and G-spot. It combines a clitoral stimulator that mimics a human mouth and a G-spot massager that makes the notorious "come hither" motion like an actual finger. It can also adjust to your needs: The toy is flexible and gives you control over the intensity of clitoral stimulation along with the speed and length of strokes over the G-spot. In other words, it doesn't mimic just any partner, but one who cares deeply about getting you off.
If it sounds like the sex toy to end all sex toys, it is—at least according to product testers who've been lucky enough to give the Osé a try before its launch date. "I had a more intense orgasm than I've ever experienced with my other toys," one testimony on the Lora DiCarlo website reads. "I nearly fell off my bed," another says. "I've never experienced a blended orgasm before and now I can't go back." (Related: How to Buy a Safe and Quality Sex Toy, According to Experts)
Its design is so cutting edge that it won an award in the Robotics and Drone category at the 2019 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) awards, which later got revoked and then reinstated. A month after the Osé won, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) revoked the award, stating that the toy was "immoral, obscene, indecent, profane or not in keeping with CTA's image." (More background: This New Sex Toy Feels So ~Real~ That It's Freaking People Out)
Lora Haddock, founder and CEO of Lora DiCarlo, responded by blasting the CTA in an open letter: "While there are sex and sexual health products at CES, it seems that CES/CTA administration applies the rules differently for companies and products based on the gender of their customers," she wrote. "Men's sexuality is allowed to be explicit with a literal sex robot in the shape of an unrealistically proportioned woman and VR porn in point of pride along the aisle. Female sexuality, on the other hand, is heavily muted if not outrighted banned." Mic drop.
Haddock's response sparked a larger conversation around gender bias in tech. The CTA ultimately reinstated the award in May, allowing that it "did not handle [the] award properly." BTW, the Osé earned another national tech award last week. Time included the device in its 2019 Best Inventions of the Year in the wellness category. (So far, this one hasn't been taken back.)
If you could use more accolade-worthy orgasms in your life, you can head to the Lora Di Carlo website to place your preorder. Anyone who joins the company's email list can preorder the toy now, and the presale will open up to the general public on December 2. The orders will ship out in January 2020, according to the website. While the Osé is a little pricey at $290, between the toy's humanlike qualities and its CES comeback story, it's one of the most buzzed-about sex toys of the year, so you might want to make an order sooner rather than later.