Pulse’s “guybrator”: a Darth Vader-style vibro-helmet for penises
As a child, Lewis had adapted his grandparents’ pool jets, explored the possibilities of an electric toothbrush, and even had a “close encounter” with Henry the Hoover (he told Wired.co .uk that it involved removing the hose part of the vacuum cleaner and approaching the “large opening that sucks in air”, adding that “at sixteen, I was quite a fan of Henry the vacuum cleaner “.). When he was a little older, he tried to tie two vibrating “love eggs” meant to be used as sex toys for women together to see how they felt when used on his own genitals, which worked “surprisingly well”.
After that, Lewis – who ran a conference business and has no training in product design – decided to pursue a career in developing the “first male vibrator that really worked”, together with his friend Julia Margo.
Pulse is based on something called Penile vibratory stimulation (PVS), which involves a custom-designed mechanical vibrator (which looks like a cross between a pair of hair straighteners and a pair of kitchen tongs) that can help men with spinal injuries to ejaculate so that they can permeate their partners. Medical research has shown that oscillations applied in a very specific way can create powerful orgasms for men. Pulse exploits this through what is called a “PulsePlate”, which generates large amplitude oscillations (thanks to the movement of the piston) rather than low amplitude vibrations.
The resulting movement is “much more serious than a vibrator – a bit more like a motorboat than something sharp.” The movement is targeted to the very sensitive area of the frenulum of the penis.
The device itself can only be described as resembling a Darth Vader helmet to your, uh, helmet. It is black in color and features the PulsePlate on the base, with two “wings” that curve upward around the shaft. Pulse can be used as a solo toy or as a couples toy during foreplay.
Lewis told Wired.co.uk it was a long process to come up with the final design. Initially, he wanted to use a vibration motor. He went online to see what was available for men and it was slim choices. “There were all these masturbation sleeves and puffs,” he said. It was after this that he saw the medical report on oscillation treatment for people with spinal cord injuries. “We had to take a £ 900 medical product and turn it into an affordable consumer product,” he added.
In terms of design, Lewis noticed that most of the other items on the market looked too anatomical or shabby. “But we see Pulse as a lifestyle product that was ambitious,” he told us. “It sounds more like a loudspeaker than a masturbation aid.”
Lewis hopes Pulse is the first in a long line of products. “Pulse is like the iPhone 1 and we have a lot of different versions in mind.” He wants to develop a completely waterproof product and another product for couples where there can be separate controls for the part that stimulates the man and the part that stimulates the woman. Beyond that, he believes there could be a demand for personalized sex toys, incorporating, for example, football club badges. “This patented oscillation technology is not just for the male market. We can also make womens swing toys. Vibrators are old news.”
It is certainly not the first male toy of its ilk. RealTouch, designed by an engineer from NASA, uses two ribbed conveyor belts that sandwich the limb and rotate. It is designed to sync with the action of porn videos. Likewise, the Mojowijo is a Wiimote add-on with a frightening “claw” for self-stimulation.
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Pulse is available for purchase from Lewis’s company website Hot octopus and is priced at £ 69.