For the past couple of weeks, we’ve taken you on a journey through space and back, given you the latest scoop on ASMR and showed you an example on how sensory stimulation can trigger long lost memories. However, the time has come to discuss a very different aspect of our trend of the month, which is the need to reconnect with our primal or even animalistic selves. Welcome to this next pitstop on our journey through the wondrous (and sometimes borderline obscene) world of Sensory Fetishism.
The (wo)man vs. machine debate has been a hot topic for as long as we can remember. However, this paradigm has shifted in recent years, as we’ve become increasingly emotionally attached to our tech. One of the main reasons for this is cognitive technology, which basically means that we’re adding human-like elements to our robotic friends. For instance, voice technology now allows us to converse with our devices, while they learn how to respond more adequately over time, a.k.a. machine learning.
This new public discourse has resulted in an environment where people have invited smart tech into their homes, their hearts and sometimes even in their pants. Say what?! As it turns out, some of these devices (and their genius designers) have become so smart, they can notify you of one of your most primal cravings. Yup! We’re taking it there. Meet the SHE BON, a collection of wearable tech that uses bio-data to give women an indication of their level of arousal.
Sarah Petkins created these augments to break down taboos and normalize having an open discussion about sexuality and intimacy. She wants humanity to take ownership over its most basic right, without shaming, victimizing, or feeling embarrassment. The augments include ‘Propeller Pasties’ you can stick on your nipples, a ‘Beat Box’ placed near your nether region that plays sounds according to heart rate, and last but not least a ‘Hot Spot’ cable construction that helps you achieve thigh gap. She sure does know how to “sell” it, as we’re a big fan of her animation style and web design.
All of the blueprints to her creations can be found online, inviting fellow bio-hackers to join her on her conquest to lift stigmas surrounding sex and help people embrace their basic instincts. On her website she writes: “I hope that if you choose to log and study your own bio-feedback, the act of focusing attention on new aspects of your body will help you know yourself better than ever before.”, an aspiration we can nothing but applaud. We love this mindset of copyleft thinking, which is our way of describing products and services deemed open source. By inviting others to join in on the fun, you create a community that can help lift each other up. We should have more of those!
Embracing your basic instincts can be quite difficult in our highly digital world, but it’s great to see that tech can also enhance our human cravings instead just of diminish them. See you tomorrow on our next trip down sensory lane.