At the start of last year one of our brands, We-Vibe, released a couple of vibrators as part of their collection of app-controlled toys. The Rave and the Nova were two of the best vibrators I’ve seen in some time. The Rave had a fabulous asymmetrical shape that meant you could always find a good angle to hold it at; the Nova, their version of a rabbit-style vibrator, took into account that everyone’s body is different and made the clitoral portion of the vibe long and flexible. You could really hear women’s voices coming through in the design. I was impressed.
However there was one element that I wasn’t entirely keen on - the app. I’ve never been a huge fan of remote control and app-controlled toys. I completely understand the benefit of using it with someone if you’re in a long-distance relationship, but for me vibrator apps feel much more like a gimmick than something people would use on a regular basis. I’ve written about this before when the “Lovely” cock ring was launched. Though the We-Vibe app isn’t nearly as obnoxious, it still wasn’t necessary to make these great toys. They were already great without it.
Apparently I wasn’t the only person who felt this way, because yesterday it was announced that Standard Innovations have been ordered by a judge to payout $4 million to customers who bought and used their vibrators with the app as part of their settlement in a class action lawsuit.