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Kinect goes Wiiiiiiiiiiii, Wiiiii, Wiiii, all the way home — to home base, that is

December 29th, 2010 · 10 Comments

The month has been full of “OMFG when will someone develop a sex game for Microsoft’s new Kinect thingie” and I have not chimed in, because I don’t have one handy and I haven’t had time to find someone who does. (Also, that two-day-jobs thing really cuts into the rest of one’s life, has anyone else noticed this?)

But.

ThriXXX has been active in the 3D sex game space for years, and you might have already seen its trailer for its Kinect-enabled hands-on game. Sure, the hand is dismembered, but if you’re into the game, you won’t even notice. If you have a powerful enough imagination to hook yourself into a game like this (and I do), a little thing like a Thing avatar isn’t going to toss you out of the scene.

You can already interact with some of ThriXXX’s games with a Fleshlight and the VStroker interface. I don’t know if the new game will support a Kinect for your limbs and body with a Fleshlight for your cock at the same time — I’ll email the guys and let you know their answer, I’m sure I have their contact info around here somewhere — but I sure hope so.

I know a few different folks are working on bringing motion capture to real-time interaction between people in 3D platforms. I see ThriXXX’s Kinect hack as an interim step, or maybe a practice ground, that combines mocap and teledildonics. The games get you used to strapping on transmitters and controlling your avatar with your whole body. The next step will be playing with professional performers through their avatars, and then sex with long-distance lovers.

Perhaps we can even have the cybersex Renaissance some of us have been hoping for, and there will be peace on earth and goodwill toward geeks. RAmen.

Tags: games · hardware · sex-tech

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ChiRaven // Dec 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    As long as one’s lover is 3000 miles away, how much better could it get than that?

  • 2 Deman // Jan 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    A full body suit & gloves with force feedback mimicking human touch and feel. Squeeze a breast in-game and you feel pressure/feedback as if touching a real breast. Your partner on the other end, wearing the same suit for their sex, would feel your touch and could recipicate. That would be better! :) But this is a good start. Of course you’d have to get the optional sex toy accessories for the complete cyber-sex experience.

  • 3 ChiRaven // Jan 3, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Don’t think the technology is quite ready to deliver that just yet. But I’ll admit that WOULD be nice.

  • 4 Regina Lynn // Jan 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Technology’s probably ready but too expensive … and OMG, can’t you just see the frenzy the mainstream media would get into? I need to resurrect myself so that I have a chance at going on Oprah about it — oh, wait, no more Oprah. I guess I’ll just go hang out with my horses instead. LOL

  • 5 ChiRaven // Jan 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    But you really SHOULD get back into some established publishing forum, Regina. You are one of the leading authorities in the field, after all, and should be sharing that expertise (and being more widely recognized) in that capacity than I think you are now.

  • 6 Regina Lynn // Jan 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    @ChiRaven believe me, that SHOULD has weighed heavily on me for more than a year. It’s hubris to claim “leading authority” but I do think I have a calm, sane, rational, enthusiastic, sensible, and all-around-nice-girl perspective on this stuff, that you don’t find in the media very often. Although if you look around you will notice that everyone is writing about sex-tech now. Perhaps my work here is done? *EG*

    What do you read these days? Any suggestions for where I would fit?

    I’ve considered contacting Gizmodo, but I don’t have that kind of geek-snark voice that they (and Wired, and Asylum, and and and) do so well.

    A bunch of sex writers have moved to Huff Post, and I’ve considered that, and About.com and Examiner.com too. But that’s just blogging – not edited, not held to the Standards, etc. – and I’ve already proven that I’m more of an old-school columnist than a blogger.

    My focus has always been on the relationship side of things anyway, not the tech itself — “hey, cool, now what can we DO with it, practically speaking” — and have considered finding a women’s magazine for a change. But it makes me cringe, some of the things women’s magazines say about sex. LOL

    Really, Sex Drive/SexRev needs to start over in a mainstream place. I’ve always been a bridge between normal people and the cutting edge — not scooping sex-tech, but analyzing it and bringing it into regular life.

    What about the BBC?

  • 7 ChiRaven // Jan 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Not sure the Beeb is quite ready to make that plunge yet, although it couldn’t hurt to pitch something to them.

    As to what I read … well, hate to admit this, but I have a whole bunch of VERY old-fashioned internet “sieves” that go out and hunt down things that I’m interested in and put them out for me in a way I can approach them. Throwback to the day before web browsers when you had to know lots of Unix commands to be able to navigate the web at all. Don’t watch TV (except now on then on my computer), rarely read magazines (Exception: 2600. Used to read Wired, first 2 years because they were good and featured people I knew, and then because they had your stuff. But not lately).

    You do bring a very human personal touch to the field … that’s what really MAKES you a “leading authority”. Others may REPORT it faster, but you make it MEAN something to people first.

  • 8 Max Headroom // Jan 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Everything is becoming so “cyber” and virtual nowadays that you don’t need the human interaction. This is very scary for me especially having seen the Vstroker interface. I guess I will soon be trading my $200 doll.

  • 9 Regina Lynn // Jan 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    @ChiRaven – I’ve been speechless since I read your comment “You do bring a very human personal touch to the field … that’s what really MAKES you a “leading authority”. Others may REPORT it faster, but you make it MEAN something to people first.” Thank you. That is so meaningful and touches me deeply. (Scarily insightful, you are.)

    @Max .. .nah. most people need and want the human interaction. The rest is additional. The tech will never get so sophisticated that it can fool us into thinking that we are interacting with another person. If it ever does, it will be because machines have developed self-will, and thus become sentient beings in their own right, e.g., “people.”

  • 10 ChiRaven // Jan 6, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    As the old umpire said, I calls ‘em like I sees ‘em.face it. There are a LOT of people qualified to do technical reporting. I could have myself, a bunch of years ago. But putting that personal spin on it … really understanding the tech AND the trends and seeing (and foreseeing) what this means to us as individuals. Now THAT is something that is at a premium.