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Sputnik News Explores Virtual Sexology

Once again, I’m late in acknowledging this press coverage, months late in fact.

Sputnik News posted this colorful article about virtual sexology in its Society section, positing that as virtual reality (VR) enhances audience engagement, porn is the first industry pushing the envelope.

Case in point: Virtual Sexology from BaDoinkVR, an exposure therapy solution that broadens the scope of erotic entertainment, promising to make people better, more attentive lovers.

Virtual Sexology star August Ames holding Kiiroo's Onyx approaches male performer
Virtual Sexology: Coming to a Bedroom Near You

The article talks of porn stars as sexual mentors, with August Ames the first, and by no means the only. Others certainly coming, their talents enlisted to spread the gospel of a sex positive lifestyle through education and VR porn.

Sputnik News does acknowledge that Virtual Sexology, on the face of it, appears to only target men. And how could it not be perceived that way? It’s from a male POV. I wonder, in retrospect, whether we should have split the program in half. Then it would have seemed more gender neutral. Might have been a good idea. But speaking of POV, hindsight gives one 20/20 vision.

Time was a factor though, and splitting the program up into two points of view would have likely required two days of VR porn shooting, if not a good deal more  pre-production work.

This isn’t to say that Sputnik was being pejorative in its observations. The article is even-handed, and via quotes from myself, indicated that it is BaDoinkVR’s goal to create more productions tailored more evenly to both sexes.

Parenthetically, props to the writer–anonymous unfortunately–for the fresh observation that the term teledildonics sounds like it was birthed in the Star Trek universe, alongside gadgets like the Food Replicators and Medicinal Hyposprays.

There are also some nice quotes in the article attributed to the Hernando Chaves, the sex therapist BaDoinkVR enlisted to write the script and oversee the virtual sexology production.

So thanks for the coverage Sputnik News! Virtual Sexology has arrived, and the first installment is only the beginning!

 

Kiiroo Interviews VR Porn Exec Todd Glider

Our friends at Kiiroo were kind enough to publish this interview with Todd Glider about VR Porn on November 9th, 2016.

The unedited transcript is posted here in VRBlunt.com.  They asked about Todd Glider’s background, and career in the porn industry, as well as the history of the BaDoink brand, as well as the history of new product BaDoinkVR.

August Ames on set of Virtual Sexology production gripping Kiiroo's Onyx sex toy
On set of Virtual Sexology shoot, Ames comes to grips with Onyx device

Kiiroo’s Onyx, for those who don’t know, provides a haptic component to the VR porn experience. This is awfully important since the key to virtual reality is immersion, or presence, or telepresence, and one can’t say they’ve achieved any of these three things when only two of one’s five senses are experiencing a virtual reality.

VR Porn Transcript from Kiiroo Interview

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you got into the industry?

I hail from the United States, and got my start in this industry in 1998. I was living in Los Angeles at the time, and was initially hired by one of the first adult (i.e. porn)Internet companies in the world to write erotic copy for their web properties. This was early on, so content was primarily photographic, and corresponding copy was a necessity. I eventually took the position of Creative Director, and the company itself was acquired by a publicly traded company in the US focused on TV and satellite distribution of adult content. 

Black & White photo of August Ames wearing Gear VR headset

Can you tell us something about Badoink?

BaDoink.com (we call it BaDoink VIP now) was launched more than 10 years ago as a subscription-based website. Its focus was more on the delivery of content than the production of content. The site had thousands of videos, of course, but all of our R&D was put into tech. We created the BaDoink Ultra App, a companion software for desktop that allowed subscribers to access all the content of the site via the app, avoiding the web entirely. And it had a number of features which were pretty cutting-edge at the time. For example, a DVD burner for creating compilations, a media encoder for converting files to different formats, a download manager, and even a DLNA media server, allowing one to stream any video to any network-aware device in the home. The site was successful, but its greatest success came later, when the smartphone market opened up. BaDoink was among the first sites in adult to be optimized for smartphone, and we optimized it well. The results were mammoth growth for the brand and the company.

Can you tell us something about Badoink VR?

BaDoinkVR is a subscription-based website offering exclusive virtual reality content. We produce all the content, as well as the player software needed to watch virtual reality content on smartphone or desktop. The site launched in July 2015, and has been growing quite impressively ever since. We were among the first virtual reality porn sites to go live, and the first to offer free Google Cardboard with every subscription. At minimum, we add 1 new video every week—often more. 

Are you satisfied with the state of the Sex-Tech industry as of 2016?

Well, to me, Sex-Tech IS the industry. Sex-Tech, it’s a more modern, more accurate name for the “Porn Industry.” If your trade is adult entertainment, technology is a huge part of your business (by that I mean software and web development, traffic optimization, design and UX). Any successful company, any new company making a go of it must see tech as key to their survival and longevity. Gone are the days when studios could just be studios—produce great content and tacitly rely upon third parties for distribution. And I would argue that, in the case of all successful companies in the space, the ‘tech’ comes before the ‘sex’ by a great margin. That was an awfully long preface to addressing your question. I am satisfied with the state of the industry. There are a number of reasons to be upbeat. The tech itself, be it virtual reality or teledildonics, is exciting. I can’t speak with much authority on the latter, but where virtual reality is concerned, Sex-Tech is leading much of the innovation. Sex-Tech is the only industry with a VR business model. Another reason to be optimistic: the media has really embraced Sex-Tech in a way that it never has in the past. It’s covered by mainstream presses in an unprecedented manner. This subject, previously taboo, is now part of the pop-cultural conversation. In addition, there’s the changes we’re seeing on the popular free porn sites. Those sites that forced the industry to rapidly grow up, or, taking a more pejorative tack, brought the industry to its knees, are doing a better job of working with studios than ever before. So, again, plenty of reason, to be optimistic.   

In your opinion, what kind of challenges does Sex-Tech face, inside and outside the industry?

The industry itself is made up of literally thousands of small companies around the world. Add to that the fact that so many of these companies are scratching and clawing to grow, to survive, it makes it difficult to build consensus, to bring everyone under one umbrella—for example, for the purpose of lobbying, and affecting legislative change. As well, as refreshing as it is that the mainstream media is fascinated by us, and talking about us, VCs and Silicon Valley tech companies continue being very hands off, pretending we don’t exist.   

Sunhailiang Article about VR

Chinese magazine with an article focused on virtual reality and VR Porn.

Adriadna Chechik posing with Samsung Gear VR and smiling

Google translates the section about us as:
The world “Badoink VR” VR CEO of the largest porn company in an interview, says: VR technology is absolutely the best fit with the porn industry technology, called a perfect match! VR and VR pornography on the field of technology development and promotion, with other content industries unparalleled potential and energy!

Porn Film Festival in Berlin (with VR Porn panel and demos)

Had a memorable time in Berlin, serving on a panel titled: The Next Big Hype: Can Virtual Reality Save the Porn Industry?

The answer to the question was, of course, “No. Not now, but the porn industry is not dying.”

Virtual Reality Gear VR goggles gracing the head of Miriam Prado
Will VR Porn save the Porn Industry?

Michelle Flynn from LightSouthern.com,  Nina from Ersties.com and I were moderated by Torsten, the organizer of the festival. The conversation was lively and interesting. I was particularly impressed by the types of questions asked by the audience.

I actually got some fist pumps (from women) when the conversation diverged into a discussion related to Virtual Sexology, and the idea that a generation of adults now looks to porn for their sex education.

The fist pumps appeared when I stated the obvious: we are entertainers, not educators. We do not have accreditation from degree-bearing institutions.

Apps World London VR Porn Panel

The only issue I had with Apps World London was the location, which was a 2-hour cab ride from Heathrow. That means the travel time and cost for travel from Heathrow by car matched the cost of travel from Barcelona to Heathrow by plane. Lunacy, but what are you going to do. It was on the east side of London. And I could certainly be blamed for that. There are closer airports, though only one has a direct flight from Barcelona.

Long Drive across London
Long Drive across London

The show itself was solid. They had a VR/AR section on the floor. Didn’t see too much that was interesting or groundbreaking. The panel subject was ASSESSING THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL RELATIONSHIPS, and I believe the three panelists conveyed valuable information.

I was additionally interviewed by a gentleman from Trusted Reviews. The article appears here. I was additionally interviewed on camera by Cloud Moves TV, and that should be accessible soon.

Award-winning VR Porn CEO on the Future of the Industry

Published in FutureofSex.net today. Thanks for the great coverage, FOS! Long, penetrating article discussing everything from VR porn to virtual sexology, to the future of VR in a general sense. Made great use of my answers to the questions they Emailed, which, egotistical guy that I am, can’t help loving.

 

Future of VR Porn QA with an affiliate webmaster

Congratulations on winning the 2016 XBIZ Award for the best adult virtual reality site, especially since it’s the first time this has been a category. Why do you think your site beat out the competition?

BaDoinkVR is the brand of record, and has been for more than a year. Where the mainstream media is concerned, we do a great job representing the industry. We’ve been covered by everyone from Rolling Stone to Forbes. So that’s key. From my perspective, we shoot the most immersive VR content. There’s also the technology aspect. In addition to producing the content, we created the player software needed for viewing VR content: a native app in iTunes App Store and Google Play, a browser-based app for streaming on Android and iOS, and a desktop app compatible with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Continue reading Future of VR Porn QA with an affiliate webmaster

Virtual Sexology in Vanguardia (Mexico)

Published today. It’s cool that this story, two months in, still has some legs. The author makes the point that virtual reality evangelists have stated that VR delivers benefits that extend beyond its quantum technological leap.  Virtual Sexology, VR porn site BaDoinkVR’s sex therapy program, the article reads, is one example of a delivery on that promise.

The post contains quotes from Todd Glider, as well as Hernando Chaves, the sex therapist behind the first virtual sexology production.

August Ames in Virtual Sexology
August Ames stars in Virtual Sexology production