What if technology was invasive but, you know, in a good way?
Say hello to the Double-Oh, a custom-built battery which theoretically allows for wireless control of any device that uses AA batteries. And, as its inventor Buck — the pseudonymous fursona of a 31-year-old maker based in Berlin — let Twitter know on Friday, that control extends to anal vibrators.
To demonstrate his invention, Buck connected a Double-Oh-augmented vibrator, which was at that time in use, to a Twitter poll.
“Here we go: my open-source Wi-Fi vibrator is in my butt again,” he wrote. “Vibration intensity is controlled by the poll. Liking the tweet means 10 more seconds of vibration. Retweeting means 30 more seconds of vibration.”
As of this writing, the tweet has 65 retweets, 20 quote tweets, and 242 likes.
“I’m really interested in the disarming combination —extreme intimacy and total remoteness — that teledildonics brings,” Buck wrote over Twitter direct message.
Here we go: my open-source Wi-Fi vibrator is in my butt again. Instead of running a guestbook, it’s reading the status of this tweet. Vibration intensity is controlled by the poll. Liking the tweet means 10 more seconds of vibration. Retweeting means 30 more seconds of vibration.
— Space Buck (@heyspacebuck) September 11, 2020
Buck explained his invention during a February presentation of the Double-Oh at his local hackerspace, xHain. By controlling voltage levels, it can control a vibrator’s intensity. He can even “overclock” it and “send it to a higher voltage than it was ever intended to [go to].”
“The ‘Double-Oh’ is the battery itself, the heart of the project,” Buck explained over Twitter DM. “It can be controlled over the internet, it can run patterns or even go above the standard 1.5 volts. Theoretically it can be used anywhere a AA battery is used, but sex toys are a great way to demonstrate its abilities and make a stir online, haha.”
Notably, the response to Buck’s Twitter experiment was enthusiastic in more ways than one. As a quote-tweeter (30 more seconds of vibration) noted, “This is the cyberpunk future I wanted instead of megacorporations ushering global hyperfascism in the middle of environmental collapse and a pandemic.”
And, indeed, social media as a means to consensually spread pleasure across the globe — as opposed to spreading pandemic misinformation, wildfire misinformation, and potential election misinformation — sure does seem quaint these days. But hot damn if it isn’t also refreshing.
“It was rather exhilarating to give up so much control, to hand over that control to a chaotic place like Twitter,” Buck explained.
Twitter, it turns out, can be a surprisingly enjoyable place. Who would have thought?