OC Sex Inventions
Inspired by an exhibit of sex inventions at the New York-based Museum of Sex, I thought I'd do a little trolling through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's online search for anything interesting coming out of our fair county.
Anaheim inventor Wayne Manska was awarded patent #6,645,164 in 2003 for a "lingual vibration device" --- in English a tongue vibrator --- that "[causes] a user's tongue to rapidly, yet gently, vibrate during various oral sex acts such as cunnilingus." In his application, he notes that similar devices are already on the market, but his is a more comfortable improvement. Manska holds several other medical patents including something called a stopcock valve that is surprisingly unsexy.
Michael Hays of Aliso Viejo is still waiting for approval on his patent application for a "penile illuminating and extending equipment & method." I don't really understand how this one works, but it did have nice pictures. He references NASA-developed uses for light emitting diode therapy and notes that his device may be used "to improve the health of the penis." Basically, the device stretches your member while shining some light on it. Sounds like promising research.
Okay, okay, Bellflower isn't in Orange County. But Grace Elizabeth Vaughn's "multi-purpose face and body condom" is too fun to pass up. In her patent application she notes a pesky problem: "During sexual intercourse it is not uncommon for the [normal condom] wearer's testicles to come into direct contact with partner's genitalia, or if engaged in oral sex, their partner's mouth." Gross. So her device combines the harnessing power of a strap-on with a type of super-condom that also shields the balls. As illustrated in her diagrams, the reversible contraption can be worn by the giver or receiver.
If you want to check out what inventors or companies in your neighborhood are up to, you can search granted patents and pending applications by inventor/company name, city, invention title, and a host of other ways.
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