Banned from CES, Ose Sex Toy Maker Accuses Showrunners of Sexism

11 January, 2019, 11:13 | Author: Kevin Carter
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Lora DiCarlo, which is based in Bend, won the show's Innovation Award for its product, "Osé", which the company describes as "micro-robotic technology that mimics all of the sensations of a human mouth, tongue, and fingers, for an experience that feels just like a real partner".

Vetted by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA, which owns and produces the annual CES event) and a panel of independent judges, Osé joined a handful of other award-winning inventions.

"Entries deemed by CTA in their sole discretion to be immoral, obscene, indecent, profane or not in keeping with CTA's image will be disqualified". Haddock told As It Happens host Carol Off. It should be mentioned, though, that past year 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. The message was emblazed on 13-stories of a hotel that overlooked the Las Vegas Convention Center where CES will be held.

More than 4,500 companies will operate booths at the convention, about 18 times the number of exhibitors in NY during the first CES in 1967. And Naughty America, an adult film studio, has a presence on the show floor this year, albeit in a private meeting room in the back. Haddock received a letter from Gary Shapiro, CTA president and CEO, and Karen Chupka, executive VP, which said the Osé was actually ineligible for the robotics and drone category entirely.

The product does not fit into any of our existing product categories and should not have been accepted for the Innovation Awards Program.

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However, before it could showcase the product at the tradeshow, the CES organizers took away the award, suggesting the product was immoral.

That doesn't track with Haddock either.

A CTA spokesperson wouldn't answer questions about the discrepancy between the two emails or CTA's inclusion of other adult companies. That award was in the Digital Health and Fitness Product category. "CES does not have a category for sex toys". But at the end of that same month, the CTA sent another email saying they were revoking the award.

"You never know how technology can be used", Haddock said.

And there's really tech for everything, it seems.

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