Phone Sex is So Old Fashioned: Hot Tech 2014

Kama Xcitra. Photo credit: Xcite Books

Kama Xcitra. Photo credit: Xcite Books

Sex is as old as time. It is one of our fundamental biological desires, yet modern sex looks and functions very differently now than it did in the past. And that’s great! Human sexuality will continue to evolve, becoming ever more dynamic as it adapts to the rise of technology. We are finding ways to innovate doin’ it for the digital world, and there are all sorts of tools and gadgets designed to stimulate a healthy and satisfying sex life in a culture increasingly dominated by computer screens. Here we explore some of the best new tech currently turning us on. This is sex in the 21st century, baby.

Couple.me: an app for two.

This iPhone app is almost too precious. Despite its cutesy design, Couple can function as a marvelous sex toy for whenever you and your partner are apart. The app works as a private messaging platform for two people, and includes texts, photo, video, and audio recording. There is always a risk in leaving sexts or raunchy photos right on your phone next to messages from your mom and pictures of your dog, but Couple keeps it all in one place – password protected. It’s excellent for sending and saving all the steamy stuff, offering a serious variety of features with which to get creative. There’s even a Snapchat-like photo option for when you want it quick and dirty. The app is also helpful if a relationship needs to be kept discreet (no more worrying that you’ll be outed at work if someone scrolls through your photo library.) Couple takes phone sex to a whole new level…and it’s free.

makelovenotporn.com: #realworldsex

Founder Cindy Gallop wants to revolutionize porn. Fed up with the overly fake and shock-value aesthetics of mainstream pornography, Gallop created MakeLoveNotPorn, an online community dedicated to the discussion of real sex as opposed to porn sex. Its sister site is a space for people to upload their own videos, which users can rent for a small fee (five bucks!) Originating from Gallop’s famed TED talk condemning the hardcore porn industry for undermining our collective sex lives, MakeLoveNotPorn seeks to destroy the notion of “amateur,” and celebrate everything that falls under the hashtag #realworldsex. Contributors receive half their upload rental profits, and the site encourages people of all shapes and sizes to join in. MakeLoveNotPorn has even made its way into sex education classrooms, hoping to serve as counterpoint to the onslaught of porn media young people most commonly see. Summary: real sex is hot.

Kama XCitra – 3D Kamasutra

Kama XCitra brings the ancient Sanskrit sex manual to a whole new interactive level, helping couples master complicated positions through the use of 3D hologram technology which allows the user to see an image from all angles on a smartphone or tablet. Though the Kamasutra has been in practice for centuries, “some of the more challenging positions like the Prone Tiger, the Catherine Wheel or the Peg have left readers a little baffled,” says publisher Hazel Cushion, “That is, until now.” Users can customize the models, Sims-style, and study all 69 positions (some of which surely include 69ing) using the rotating wheel button. The free app only works with the companion book, which is available for purchase through Amazon and xcitebooks.com.

R. is a Los Angeles based writer with a cat sleeping on her stomach for most of the day. She’d gay marry Ellen Page in a heartbeat.

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