Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Markets | By Erika Turner

Sex Sells (Unless You're a Woman at CES)

Sex Sells (Unless You're a Woman at CES)

Female pleasure technology is fine and not "immoral" or "obscene" so long, it would seem, as it's still tied to male pleasure. Haddock told As It Happens host Carol Off.

Omnipresent audio is one of the keywords of Kohler's latest smart home products seeing how the company even included speakers into the central piece of its new high-tech lavatory suite - the Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet.

Undated handout of the Lora DiCarlo's Ose Massager which was awarded and then stripped of a prize at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. She asks, in an open letter to the CTA, "Why is CES threatened by empowered women and the products that empower them?" A scarily lifelike sex doll for guys actually launched on the floor of CES this year.

"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", she said.

When Haddock pressed the CTA about this, she received a followup email from CTA president and CEO Gary Shapiro and executive vice-president Karen Chupka, this time with no mention of obscenity.

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On 2 January the company cut its revenue guidance for the first time in over 15 years, triggering a global sell-off of its shares. However, according to Mo Jia of Canalys, Apple might have reduced the prices at which it sells the iPhone to Chinese retailers.

"The product does not fit into any of our existing product categories and should not have been accepted". This year, the Cupertino, California-based company, has made a statement by displaying an ad that takes a shot at its rival's security features. "My team rejoiced and celebrated", Lora Haddock, the company's founder and CEO, wrote in a blog post.

That doesn't track with Haddock either. Submitted for the CES Innovation Awards, the company was ecstatic to learn that the Consumer Technology Association (or CTA, the company that runs and produces CES) had chosen their product for the CES Robotics Innovation Award, a highly coveted award among technology makers that attend CES.

A CTA spokesperson wouldn't answer questions about the discrepancy between the two emails or CTA's inclusion of other adult companies.

CTA also claimed that the sex tech device did not fit any of their product categories. But this is far from the first sex toy or instrument of pleasure shown on the floor at CES, meaning the protestation rings just a bit hollow.

The company's optical design team and its automotive lens manufacturers jointly developed a special camera lens which uses facial expression and hand gesture recognition technology, according to Lite-On automotive electronics SBU general manager Michael Wang (王明仁).

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