This section assumes more familiarity with programming. You will want to be somewhat familiar with data types, variable scope, arrays, and pointers to get the most out of this section.
At some point, you’ll probably want to get a bit more creative than simply turning a motor on/off over and over again. The OS Sex library has a few features to help you make more intricate vibration patterns.
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Our Multivibes run our open-source OS Sex software, giving you complete control over how your toy behaves and responds.
Interested in hacking your sex toy? Read on for our Getting Started guide and also check out our Gallery for examples of cool hacks that others have made.
First things first
If you’re interested in programming but have never done it before, the first thing to know is don’t be intimidated. You can do it.
Plus, we live in an era where you can talk to almost anyone on Earth any time you want. There are lots of people out there (starting with us here at Comingle) that want to help you. So don’t sweat it!
Your Multivibe runs on an Arduino. An Arduino is basically a small computer that can be easily programmed and adapted for a variety of purposes, such as making a pollution detector, a biking jacket with visible turn signals, a way for plants to tweet when they need water, and of course sex toys.
What makes Arduino fun to use is that it’s very simple and you can easily manipulate its inputs and outputs.
Inputs are how you talk to the Arduino. Touch screens, heart-rate monitors, microphones, buttons, keyboards, brainwave helmets, etc. are all inputs.
Outputs are how the Arduino talks to you. In the case of your Multivibe, the outputs are the vibrating motors — the Arduino controls when they turn on and at what intensity.
So you could think of your software (and programming in general) as just directing what to do with the inputs and outputs:
- “If I press this button, turn all the motors on. If I press it again, turn them off.”
- “If my heartrate is 60 beats per minute or less, don’t do anything. If it’s between 61 and 90 beats per minute turn the first motor on. If it’s greater than 90 beats per minute, also turn the second motor on.”
- “Listen to the microphone, and vibrate to the beat of the music.”
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Andy developed the Electric Eel at the Fall 2013 Penn Apps Hackathon. It is primarily intended for use with male body-parts. The shape of this device could be easily modified for use with other sensitive body parts of other sexes too. Just use your imagination!
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Comingle works to develop DIY open-source sex technology. Our goal is to document and share designs for hacking existing devices as well as providing parts and kits for building new forms of sex toys. The mission of our work is to promote sexual empowerment through physical computing, education, and outreach.
Technologically, we focus on developing:
- novel, embodied means of interaction
- new modes of stimulation, and
- methods for safely building and modding sex toys yourself.
Currently we are in our initial phase of research and development. We are developing new types of devices as well as holding workshops for evaluation and outreach. If you would like to know more about our endeavors at this early stage, please contact us at: info|at|comingle.io, or subscribe to our mailing list!