Tara Lepore | Contributing Writer | Friday, 6 January 2017

Your Tinder Match Could Soon Control Your Vibrator (With Your Permission, Obvs)

Your Tinder Match Could Soon Control Your Vibrator (With Your Permission, Obvs)

The Debrief: Swipe right, swipe left, super like, and, wait... what does *this* button do?

Swiping right could soon have a whole new meaning if Tinder gets on board with a sex toy company that would allow your matches to control your vibrator. 

Sex tech company OhMiBod annouced plans at yesterday's Las Vegas technology expo CES 2017 to launch a software development kit for its latest Bluetooth-enabled range of sex toys to work with dating apps such as Tinder and Grindr. 

Here's how it would work: You're flirting with a potential Tinder beau/belle, to-and-fro-ing the usual chat - and then you receive a request from them to 'connect' - thanks to a pink dot on your profile that shows you're linked up to your OMB device. 

You would then have to accept their invitation before things are taken any further, 'reshaping the entire idea of visual or digital foreplay', according to co-founder Suzi Dunham.

Suzi's husband and co-founder Brian Dunham told Mashable: 'Young adults are growing up with these platforms like Snapchat, and their first intimate experience is a virtual experience.

'That's a significant shift in how the world views intimate contact, whether it's virtual or physical,' he said. 

The company, which has been selling its wireless products since 2008, is best known for creating the world's first iPod vibrator, working in sync with the beats and rhythms in songs. Its devices are also popular with webcam users, who link up their sex toys to the wireless technology to vibrate more intensely as their number of tips increase. 

The app-compatible development kit will be made available to companies by the end of January, so an OhMiBod/dating app collab could be here sooner than you'd think. 

Having virtual sex with someone before you've even been on a date? I mean, it certainly adds a modern spin to the how-we-met story. 

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