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May 01 2013

This Is Lelo’s Next Toy. No Foolin’!

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by thepleasurechest

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Needless to say, we got a kick out of Jimmyjane’s elaborate April Fool’s stunt– the unveiling of The Gasm, “the world’s first eco-friendly, self-assembly vibrator.” Made of recycled tires and wood pulp, Lelo’s Gasm was said to use a hand crank to charge the battery. It also came with a set of assembly instructions that look torn from the pages of an Ikea instruction manual. It was a brilliant prank, a master troll. The press release, sent just a few days before April 1st, successfully fooled The Daily Mail .

But the real punchline to this joke is that the faked Gasm was so popular, it inspired Lelo to consider making a real one. Fast Company spoke to Steve Thompson, Lelo’s global head of marketing about the unexpected success of the Gasm:

Looking at the reaction to their little prank, they wondered if it was as farfetched as they had assumed. Recycled wood pulp is “not ideal,” according to Thompson, and as for recycled car tires? “I think we would stick firmly to silicone in that respect.” But using 100% recycled materials, a hand-cranked power system and a disassembled, low-packaging delivery: each of these are “100% achievable.” His product designers are now working on a product that would embrace all of these “eco-friendly” features. GÄSM, the joke, may become a reality and soon.

We can’t wait to see if Lelo’s elaborate joke becomes the next eco-friendly sex toy. We’re also wondering if there’s any interest in the NoseBanger.

 

Apr 11 2013

Say Cheese!

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by thepleasurechest

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A great photograph is all about timing. This Australian couple saw one of Google’s Street View cars approaching and decided to photobomb the world. Well played. But not everyone is thrilled with our brave new world of omnipresent cameras. Some strip clubs are already pre-emptively banning customers from wearing Google Glass.

h/t Gakwer

Mar 07 2013

Tailly

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by thepleasurechest

We think our furry friends are gonna love this. Tailly is a wearable tail that responds to your heart rate. When you’re happy and excited, it wags faster. When you’re relaxed, it moves slowly. From Tailly’s fundraising page:

“Tailly is fun to wear to parties, while out with friends or playing with kids. You could even wear Tailly on a date and express your true feelings through the wagging tail. Even better, your partner could also wear one for the both of you to add a level of subconscious communication between the two of you.”

Cool! Unfortunately Tailly is only a prototype, until they can raise the money to go into production. In the meantime, can we interest you in a faux foxtail buttplug?

Tailly also reminds us of these brainwave controlled cat ears. Do high tech products like Tailly bring out the animal in you?

h/t Boing Boing

 

Mar 06 2013

Does Size Matter to the TSA?

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by thepleasurechest

When travelling with sex toys in your carry-on bag, does size matter? After reading this piece in NY Mag, we’re still not sure. They quote a New York Post article which says:

“The TSA acknowledges that there’s nothing illegal about traveling with the devices. Vibrators and dildos are OK in carry-ons, as long as they’re under 7 inches long, TSA rules say.”

But when NY Mag contacted the TSA for clarification, the spokesperson said there was no 7″ rule. So which is it? We’ve had our own frustrations trying to get answers from the TSA (We’re still waiting). The author suggests packing toys that feature a travel lock, so they don’t activate in your bag and trigger a bomb scare. And we know for a fact that the Njoy Eleven is considered a no-no.

Until we get straight answers, we’re going to assume that there’s always a risk of public embarrassment when traveling with sex toys. Luckily, some folks are into that sort of thing.

Mar 06 2013

We-Vibe Goes Mainstream

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by thepleasurechest

Makers of the We-Vibe have announced that you’ll soon be able to buy the innovative couples’ toy in drugstores.

“I don’t see why it wouldn’t be looked at in the same wholesome category” as other upscale drugstore consumer electronics, said Danny Osadca, CEO of Standard Innovation, the Ottawa-based company that makes the We-Vibe.

This is yet another sign that adult toys are going mainstream, as Americans embrace products like the We-Vibe as part of a healthy and fulfilling sex life. The article also mentions that We-Vibe is expanding into previously untapped markets in Russia and South America. Will we see more adult toys on drug store shelves soon?

Mar 04 2013

Is 3D Printing the Future of Sex Toys

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by thepleasurechest

If you’ve been following technology news, you’ve probably heard about 3D printing, a process that turns digital models into solid, three-dimensional objects. In recent months, the media has reported on everything from 3D printed tools and guns to livers, ears and entire houses.

Adult industry site Xbiz recently polled members about the future of 3D printing and the adult toy industry. They asked  “Will 3D printing revolutionize sex toys similar to VHS’ impact on adult movies?” As of last week, the responses were pretty divided with 37% saying “Yes,” 29 percent answering “No,” and 34% responding that they are unaware of 3D printing technology.

Nobody asked us, but we’re confident that 3D printing is an exciting new development that holds promise for adult toys. Last November, the company 3DEA opened a pop-up shop in New York allowing customers to make a personalized silicone replica of their own penises. The price was $250, more expensive than the trusty DIY “Clone a Willy” kits we sell, but the whole process sounds fascinating and the results are pretty cool. Unfortunately the 3DEA pop-up shop has closed and we don’t know when they’ll pop-up next.

The 3D printed Velv’Or J’Naja

In the meantime, if you’re curious about this technology, the Velv’Or J’Naja is a nifty cock ring, made of nylon-fiber and produced on a 3D printer. Is this the shape of things to come?

Feb 27 2013

Vintage Vibrators

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by thepleasurechest

The Polar Cub Electric Vibrator. The Vibra King Activator. The Niagara Hand Unit.

These are just a few of the fascinating precursors to the modern day vibrators you’ll find in an adult boutique. Over on Nerve, you can check out some great photos of these vintage vibes, which were once marketed to cure “hysteria” in women.

Feb 20 2013

Gentlemen, Start Your Dildos!

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by thepleasurechest

On Valentine’s Day, the Museum of Sex introduced New York City to the Fun Factory Stronic, a remarkable new toy. Don’t call it a vibrator. It’s a Pulsator!

Over on our How To blog, we just posted a great video of the event, including an interview with our own Brandon B, singing the Stronic’s praises. But we can think of no better demonstration of this unique toy than the short clip above. Place your bets!

Feb 15 2013

If I Had a Hammer…

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by thepleasurechest

How strong are your kegels? Kristen of the Toymaker Project has modified a Feeldoe to create “The Hammer,” a light up dildo that measures the strength of your vaginal or anal muscles. It’s pretty cool.

The Hammer totally reminds us of one of those old “test your strength” penny arcade games. It looks like a neat way to build your kegels and measure your progress. Until the Hammer becomes available for your toolbox, check out the toys we sell for building kegel strength and prostate health.

Thanks to Manny for the tip!