The Ose Massager, created by the company Lora DiCarlo was named as an honouree in the Innovation Awards at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Last year, the power went out, leaving thousands of people in the dark.
For those who don't know, Ose is based on micro-robotic technology, copying human mouth, fingers and tongue, for women to attain a complete blended orgasm, without the use of hands.
"Society needs to drop the taboo around sex and sexuality - it's a part of life and health that absolutely should be part of mainstream discourse", Lora DiCarlo founder Lora Haddock said in an open letter to the CTA. "CTA reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry at any time which, in CTA's opinion, endangers the safety or well being of any person, or fails to comply with these Official Rules". Thus keeping in view CTA's image, the organisers made a decision to disqualify the product.
"Unfortunately, [Osé] does not fit into any of our existing product categories and should not have been accepted for the Innovation Awards Program", it reads.
Its maker, the startup Lora DiCarlo, was also banned from exhibiting on the show floor (though it's in Las Vegas at a separate media event). "We have apologized to the company for our mistake".
One major company that you won't find at CES is Apple Inc., which opts to produce its own announcements of new products.
Products offering artificial intelligence are expected to be front and center.
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Naughty America's "Strip Club" taps into capabilities on smartphones or tablets to let people overlay virtual male or female stripper holograms on the world around them.
Given its record, it should be easy to cast CES as a chauvinist villain.
Speaking of the general public, they are not allowed into the show.
Additionally, it is suggested that CES sees the launch of various other sex toys (from OhMiBod), VR porn, and even a sex robot which completely contradicts the excuse given out by CTA for the disqualification of the sex toy. Of course, those are just two products, compared to decades' worth products pandering to getting men off.
Apple's billboard, which was first spotted and shared on Twitter by Engadget's Chris Velazco, is clearly at dig at the various products and services appearing at CES that aren't placing enough priority on users' privacy and security.
Moreover, show organisers and Consumer Technology Association alleged that this product is obscene, indecent and immoral.