Lift2013 - Designing the Female Orgasm

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The slides used in my presentation at Lift13.
Full video: http://new.livestream.com/liftconference/lift2013/videos/11109063
Please see the NOTES section (next to COMMENTS) for more detailed presentation text.
(apologies for the formatting - the import has problems with linebreaks)

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  • DESIGNING THE FEMALE ORGASMSO WHO AM I AND WHY AM I GOING TO TALK ABOUT VIBRATORS?
  • ME: JUST YOUR AVERAGE 12-YEAR OLD GIRL WITH HER CHRISTMAS CALCULATOR (MORE RECENTLY, A GAME DESIGNER WHO HAS WORKED ON CONCEPTS INCORPORATING SEXUALITY IN GAMES AND APPS)
  • LAPIS GAME CONCEPT Lapis Media coverage in the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2005/dec/09/lapisagamefo (note: the original Lapis web site and presentation is no longer online)
  • OUR FIRST TIMES” GAME CONCEPT – AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SEX GAME CHALLENGE To watch the presentation (after free GDC Vault registration) Http://gdcvault.com/play/1347/The-Game-Design-Challenge-My
  • OHMIBOD REMOTE APP - Official site and video: http://ohmibod.com/app/
  • OK SO WHAT ABOUT VIBES? THINGS STARTED CHANGING IN THE LATE 90s. POPULARIZATION, AND MARKET SEGMENTATION -“NOVELTY ITEM” VS. LUXURY GOODS
  • HERE’S WHAT AN OLD SCHOOL SEX SHOP TOY AISLE LOOKS LIKE: BAD LIGHTING, BAD DISPLAY, ETC
  • ON THE LOW END OF THE MARKET SPECTRUM (WHICH USED TO BE THE ENTIRE MARKET) YOU HAVE VERY LOW QUALITY PRODUCTS (LOUD, BREAKABLE, NOT WATER-RESISTANT, POISONOUS MATERIALS), TERRIBLE MARKETING, TERRIBLE DESIGN
  • ON THE OTHER END OF THE MARKET YOU HAVE WOMEN-FOCUSSED SHOPS THAT SELL A WIDE VARIETY OF HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTS IN A NICE ENVIRONMENT WITH EDUCATED AND HELPFUL EMPLOYEESFROM DESIGN-FOCUSSED COMPANIES: JIMMYJANE, JE JOUE, FUN FACTORY, ETC
  • ON THIS END OF THE SPECTRUM,VIBRATORS ARE VERY SOPHISTICATED, AND BECOMING EVER MORE SO. THE MINNA OLA IS CONTROLLED BY PRESSING AN AIR BULB THAT LETS YOU GRADUALLY CHANGE THE INTENSITY – AND IT HAS A LEARNING MODE THAT LETS YOU ENTER YOUR OWN PATTERNS AND SAVE THEM, MUCH LIKE A DRUM MACHINE DOES.
  • SO WHATS REALLY DIFFERENT ABOUT THOSE TWO ENDS OF THE PRODUCT SPECTRUM?INSIDE ALL VIBES BASICALLY WORK THE SAME WAY. WITH AN ECCENTRIC ROTATING MASS
  • HOW TO DO IT “WRONG”: EVEN THE MOST LUXURIOUS OF VIBES USES THE SAME INTERNAL MECHANISMS, AND OFTEN, THE SAME AWKWARD INTERFACE. THIS VIBE, FOR INSTANCE IS PLATED IN 24 KARAT GOLD AND COSTS €12k. BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, THE CONTROLS ARE SIMPLY UP/DOWN TO CYCLE THROUGH MODES, AND +- TO CHANGE INTENSITY. IT USES THE SAME FORM AND STYLE AS ONE OF THEIR REGULAR VIBES AND THE LUXURY IS ALL IN THE MATERIAL.SO, THIS IS NOT WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. I’M INTERESTED IN ACTUAL DESIGN IMPROVEMENTS TO THE INTERFACE.
  • NOW I WANT TO DEMO FOR YOU A FEW CONTEMPORARY VIBES THAT HAVE INNOVATIONS WHERE IT MATTERS: THE INTERFACE. GRADUAL STEPS ARE BEING MADE TO IMPROVE OR AT LEAST INNOVATE AND DIFFERENTIATE BASED ON CONTROLSNOT COINCIDENTALLY, ALL OF THESE VIBES THAT I’LL SHOW YOU USE A REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE (NOT LONG-DISTANCE CONTROL, JUST LOW POWER RADIO FREQUENCIES THAT CARRY IN THE SAME ROOM)
  • OHMIBOD WITH MUSIC DEVICE FOR INPUT
  • OHMIBOD REMOTE APP FOR IOS
  • BETH SCOTT’S DIY SONAR CONTROLLER
  • HERE’S SOME PLACES YOU CAN HAVE A CLOSER LOOK, TALK TO OTHER FOLKS, LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN, AND OTHERWISE GET INVOLVEDARSE ELEKTRONIKA: MONOCHROM – monochrom.at/arseSCANLIME: BETH SCOTT – scanlime.orgSLASHDONG; KYLE MACHULIS – slashdong.org
  • IMPROVINGTHE TECHNOLOGY OF WOMEN’S PLEASURE IS ONE COMPELLING MOTIVATION FOR GETTING MORE WOMEN IN STEM! (SCIENCE-TECH-ENGINEERING-MATH)
  • THANKS Y’ALL. HERE’S WHERE YOU CAN REACH ME OR LEARN MORE ABOUT MY OTHER WORK@perfectplumPerfectplum.comKokoromi.org
  • Lift2013 - Designing the Female Orgasm

    1. 1. DESIGNINGTHE FEMALE ORGASM Heather Kelley @PerfectPlum
    2. 2. Texas Instruments TI-30
    3. 3. LAPISWinner, Game Design Challenge, Montreal International Game Summit 2006
    4. 4. OUR FIRST TIMES – with Erin RobinsonWinner, Game Design Challenge, Game Developers Conference 2009
    5. 5. OhMiBod Remote – 2010Winner: Best App Award, FemPower Award - Vienna Content Awards 2011
    6. 6. SEX AND THE CITY – Season 1 Episode 9, “The Turtle and the Hare”, 1998
    7. 7. LIEBENSWERT – VIENNA, AUSTRIA http://www.liebens-
    8. 8. Minna Ola - 2012
    9. 9. Lelo INEZ - 2012
    10. 10. DEMOLeloTiani 2- 2012
    11. 11. DEMOOhMiBod –Original music-driven vibe 2006better than chocolate edition 2010
    12. 12. DEMOOhMiBod Remote iPhone app - 2010
    13. 13. DEMODIY remote control (sonar version)developed by M. Beth Scott
    14. 14. Women in engineering: Dr. Sonya T Smith, Limor Fried
    15. 15. THANKS Y’ALL Heather Kelley @PerfectPlum makes senseperfectplum.com – kokoromi.org

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