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A West Bengal University Student Goes On To Design The 'Worlds Best Vibrator'

A vibrator that claims to bring the skill and adaptability of a good partner to your bedroom.

How does a guy go from studying electronics at a West Bengal university to heading a sex toy startup in London? And not just any old start-up – Soumyadip Rakshit is co-founder of MysteryVibe, a company that claims to have designed the world’s best vibrator.

A few months ago, MysteryVibe launched the Crescendo, a vibrator that brings the adaptability and skill of a good partner to your bedroom. Like a piece of putty, this vibrator bends to the shape you want it to. You can also customize its vibrations to your preferences. Want to share vibrations, or download someone else’s? They’ve built an app for that too so that the vibrator can be controlled from your mobile phone, with custom ‘vibe waves’ that you can download from the app and create your own combination of vibration patterns for each of the 6 motors. Oh, and it’s water proof too. We talk to Rakshit to get a sense how Big Data can be sexy after all.

There are plenty of excellent vibrators out there already. So what does a brainstorming meeting for the “world’s best sex toy” look like?

It seemed like many women don’t like vibrators in the shape of a penis, they find it off-putting. So we tried to change that. Also, many people complained that their chargers would get lost, or mixed up, so we tried to make this one work by inductive charging so that there would be no wires involved. And then we also thought we should find ways to make it entirely water proof so that they become easier to wash, because very often, with the USB wire, there’s a hole in the toy itself.

We came up with the idea back in 2008 – we’d always wondered why there hadn't been much innovation in pleasure when it's such an integral part of our lives. Back then, we were researching smartphone trends at Deloitte and came across Nokia Morph, a concept phone that could bend to adapt to different shapes, phone, tablet or watch. So we thought, why not create something that adapts to our bodies – after all, pleasure is such a personal thing. Surely the best pleasure would come from something that we are personally in control of. That's where the MysteryVibe journey began.

We’ve been hearing quite a bit about the massive gap in the market for male sex toys – do you plan to address that?  

That’s indeed true, we definitely need a wider variety of high quality male pleasure products and we’ve got the same request from our existing customers. We are working on exactly that at the moment.

We are designing the male toy to act as ‘instant viagra without side effects’. Something we can wrap around [the penis], turn it and get aroused right away. Something to make our bedrooms more fun and lives happier – keeping with the wider company vision. We will be launching it through crowdfunding like we did the Crescendo.

How do you think about your own sense of sexual pleasure?

Pleasure is a very immersive experience and it’s determined by many factors. Something as simple as watching an erotic video or listening to arousing music, particular aromas, room temperatures and lighting are all very important for arousal. We are actually working with this lady from Berkley who is looking at the impact of feminist erotica on arousal. The pleasure that we are talking about here is all in the senses, rather than one thing only.

And what about porn?

Porn and the right kind of visual erotica are definitely things that can spice up the bedroom. But very often it seems like men watch more porn, and so there is only a specific type of porn content that is easily available. The same content may or may not work for women.

How did you transition from studying engineering to making sex toys?

It was a smooth transition because my job here is mainly engineering focused. I help with the tech elements. It’s only that the use that I am putting my engineering skills to is sexual pleasure.

So what does working with tech elements mean?

That includes things like helping create something like vibrations – you need vibration files and microcontrollers. Or something like Bluetooth connectivity and developing the mobile app.

What are the kinds of reactions you get from people about your work?

I don’t usually get strange reactions, and that’s probably because I talk about my job in a positive way. Sometimes I also have a different way of positioning it — in big conferences, like those in Europe, America and Asia, I talk about “ways of making bedrooms more fun” instead of saying “sex toys”, for instance. And everything so far seems to have been well received.

Where do you think all of this is going to take you?

I just think we should have more fun and not be ashamed. All these methods provide some kind of control over your own sexual pleasure, without being told by society that this is right or wrong. Imagine being able to develop a technology where the room you enter understands your mood, maybe even your state of arousal, and changes the lighting and temperature based on that. Our aim is to delight customers in subtle ways, with things that seem to just be there. It is complex but you don’t see the complexity.

Surprising as it may sound, the reception to MysteryVibe has been wildly positive. I guess we have the present to thank for that, the age where movies like Fifty Shades of Grey are as mainstream as any other Hollywood hit.

Did you like Fifty Shades of Grey?

I think it was very valuable because it got a controversial topic to the theatres. In places like France, the movie was given a grade that said it was suitable for twelve or thirteen-year-olds as well. People here are more motivated to openly talk about sex and sexual pleasure—and the start of anything exciting is always conversation. It becomes easier for someone to say that they had been thinking of something, but didn’t want to say it, and for another person to say they felt the same way.

Do you have any plans to expand to India?

Absolutely. We already have some pre-orders from India and some of our investors are also from India. We are in talks with the largest distributor of pleasure products in India to expand into India over the course of this year. Separately, we are also in talks with IVF doctors in India to support them with the arousal data we collect for further research.

 

 

By Mahesh Prabhu

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