Sex Toy Stripped of CES 2019 Award Because Vaginas

The Ose massager first won- then lost- a CES tech award

The Ose massager first won- then lost- a CES tech award

When Lora Haddock learned that her company's robotic sex toy was going to win an innovation award and be put on display at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, she was "stoked".

"Lora DiCarlo joined a small percentage of other products that were awarded such a coveted honor each year; this feather in our collective cap made years of research and engineering even more worthwhile and further validated our vision for creating innovative, inclusive products that change lives".

"Society needs to drop the taboo around sex and sexuality - it's a part of life and health that absolutely should be part of mainstream discourse", Lora DiCarlo founder Lora Haddock said in an open letter to the CTA.

Sex toy company Lora DiCarlo's robotic massager, called the Osé, was developed at Oregon State University's robotics lab and bills itself as a "product designed for hands-free blended orgasms" that uses "advanced micro-robotics" to mimic human touch.

Gary Shapiro, CEO of CES organizer Consumer Technology Association, says every company is a technology company these days.

The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas doesn't officially start until Tuesday, but that hasn't stopped one of the biggest names in tech from making a splash at the gathering.

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Haddock fumed: "Putting aside for a moment the implication that women's sexual wellness products are somehow immoral or obscene - if we didn't fit their policy, how in the world did our application even get past the first round of vetting by CTA staff, let alone receive high marks across the board from their expert judges?" A CTA representative told BuzzFeed News that the product "does not qualify because it does not fit in to any of our existing CES 2019 categories".

Lite-On's camera-based Driver Monitoring System (DMS) technology, which can determine a driver's level of attentiveness, by monitoring body posture and facial expressions, was displayed for the first time.

Sex toys and sex tech, for the record, have always been staples of CES. She also points out that CES allowed a VR porn company to show its stuff at CES in 2017, and that a sex robot for men was exhibited in 2018.

The CTA today announced that it will invest $10 million in venture funding focused on "women, people of color, and other underrepresented startups and entrepreneurs".

With 4,500 exhibitors, the CES trade show is expected to attract more than 180,000 visitors.

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