The best thing about the current San Francisco tech scene is that it pushes us towards answering those vital human questions, like “How strong is my vagina?”
This is not the new Yo, people—this is a potentially huge deal, like demysitfying nuclear fusion or disrupting the inseam. According to health experts, strengthening pelvic floor muscles is vital for the periods during and after pregnancy, while it also helps with bladder control, musculoskeletal stability, and enhancing sexual pleasure.
To meet this need, San Francisco startup Minna Life has developed what it calls a “Fitbit for your vagina,” a device (paired with an app, snatch—er, natch) that trains and tracks your pelvic floor muscles. This company's device, called rather delightfully the kGoal, has raised $37,000 of its $90,000 goal on Kickstarter, and the prototypes look sleek. Much better than previous technology, that is: an air pressure balloon and a tire gauge. Finally, women can stop those furtive trips to their mechanic's supply closet to crank out 100 K's.
The future is here, and it means stronger vaginas.
The kGoal itself consists of a squeezable, rubber pillow attached to a non-threatening control module, while the phone app monitors your pelvic floor muscles’ contractions around the device—tracking your strength in real time. “It's like having a personalized gym, physical therapist, and tracking system in the palm of your hand!” And in the palm of your vagina! If that regime sounds too intensive for your lady parts, kGoal also boasts two internal motors for “providing real time vibrational biofeedback.” A necessary feature? We'll just call it a gym-with-benefits.
As the Chronicle reports, the whole effort could run afoul of the FDA. Kickstarter generally looks down on products in heavily-regulated spaces, like health care. If brought to market, the device could be subject to federal regulations. That might throw a crimp in Minna's plans. But perhaps they’re onto something here. As the success of FitBit and Jawbone have shown, people love to keep track of their fitness. Throw sex into the equation, and you're cooking with fire.
Meanwhile, in the male sphere of sex tech, progress marches boldly onward towards building sex robots. The latest: an iPad case you can hump. That link is safe for work, so go ahead and click on it. You won't be dissappointed. Yes, it includes dubstep.