Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Money | By Bruce West

Sex toy maker blasts CES over award flip-flop

Sex toy maker blasts CES over award flip-flop

It should be mentioned, though, that a year ago at CES, robotics company Abyss Creations debuted a realistic sex doll targeted at men-in the video interview with Christopher Trout, the company's spokesman stated that a male model of the robot was in the works as well. But a month after that, DiCarlo explains in an open letter on the company's website, they were notified that the award was being rescinded and they were barred from showing at CES.

It was listed in the robotics and drones category, but the company's founder says the organisers of the show then revoked the award.

As Haddock pointed out, not only does this imply that women's sexual wellness products are somehow indecent or salacious, but it begs the question of how Osé made it past the first round of inspections by CTA staff.

Haddock writes that sex positivity and inclusion is at the heard of her startup, that they don't hide what they do and they believe all women should be able to vocally claim a space in the pleasure tech sector, which is still heavily dominated by male executives and CEOs.

An independent panel of judges had selected Lora DiCarlo's Ose vibrator last fall to win a CES 2019 Innovation Honoree Award in the robotics and drone category. A CTA representative told BuzzFeed News that the product "does not qualify because it does not fit in to any of our existing CES 2019 categories".

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.

These two companies are first-time exhibitors, along with missile-maker Raytheon, outdoorsy retailer The North Face and the 115-year-old motorcycling icon Harley-Davidson. But what makes the DiCarlo drama even more freakish is that CES has also shown female-centric sex tech in the past.

CES is the place startups and established tech giants alike go to unveil their latest tech gizmos.

On Tuesday, the CTA announced a 10 million dollar (£7.8 million) investment in firms and funds focused on "women, people of colour and other under-represented start-ups and entrepreneurs".

The annual convention runs until Friday, and is expected to be visited by more than 180,000 people.

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