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Hot and steamy: the Steampunk Vibrator


While most sex toy designers are striving to make their toys as technology advanced as possible, Ani Niow decided to take a different tack: rather that equipping her concept vibrator with a bunch of computerized bells and whistles, she decided to create something as simple as possible, developing a vibrator that could have been made over a hundred years ago.

The Steampunk Vibrator is made of stainless steel and brass, and yes, it works. Powered by a steam boiler (or, if you prefer, compressed air), it vibrates along with the best of them. Just be warned–when it’s full of steam, it can get too hot to handle (or, um, use). Maybe there is something to be said for modern technology.

Fun fact: steam powered vibrators actually did exist during Victorian times (they were found in doctor’s offices, where they were used to treat hysteria, an ailment thought to be brought on by the stresses of modern life). But the Victorian era toys were big, bulky, and nowhere near as sleek as Ms. Niow’s design, bearing more resemblance to a sewing machine than anything, well, sexy.

Steampunk Vibrator (flickr.com)

[The Steampunk Vibrator is currently on display at San Francisco art gallery Femina Potens, where it will be housed until the end of the month. After that, it will be a part of Maker Faire.]