Remote-controlled orgasm machine won't be tested in Minnesota after all

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:::: UPDATE :::: Medtronic spokesperson Justin Ihle got in touch with us Monday morning and said his company never had any involvement in the orgasm machine testing. Ihle said he had no idea where the New Scientist's information came from. We talked to one of the New Scientist digital editor Flora Graham on Tuesday, and she stood by the original report, maintaining the bit about Medtronic testing the orgasm machine came from Dr. Meloy himself.

Original post -- A remote-controlled orgasm machine developed by a North Carolina surgeon named Stuart Meloy will be tested later this year by Fridley-based Medtronic, according to a report in the New Scientist.

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The device uses electrodes along the spinal cord and a signal generator installed under the buttocks to trigger orgasm. It's designed for women who have orgasm dysfunction, but Meloy says there's no reason it shouldn't work for men as well.

"Some women confuse what's called sympathetic arousal, like increased heart rate, clammy hands, nerves and so on, with fear," Jim Pfaus, a sexual behavior researcher at Concordia University in Montreal, told New Scientist. "That makes them want to get out of the situation."

The orgasm machine addresses that problem by making climaxing less psychologically daunting.

But getting one installed inside you isn't all fun and games.

The surgery "is as invasive as a pacemaker, so this is only for extreme cases," Meloy told New Scientist, adding that patients must remain awake during it so they can tell the surgeon when the electrode placement hits the spot.

But "if you've got a couple who've been together for a while and it's just not happening any more, maybe they'll get through it a bit easier with this," he continued.

We left messages with Medtronic's public relations staff both Friday and this morning in hopes of learning more about how they'll test the device, but they hadn't been returned as this is published. We'll update if we hear back. (See update at top of this post.)

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41 comments
Metairie Hecht
Metairie Hecht

did I read that right!? obviously this is created by men---- Women already have remote controls, battery operated, and plain old self love Orgasm machines, and have, for ages!! :P.

Abdulah Mohamed
Abdulah Mohamed

and let me guess it will be controlled by an iphone hehe

Mike Hess
Mike Hess

Medtronic is not participating in this work.

Robert Chudek
Robert Chudek

Well in one fell-swoop, the credibility (fact checking) of City Pages spirals down the drain!

Lisa Ferguson
Lisa Ferguson

Ummm, there's about to be a lot more single men in the world...

Jennie Cauwels
Jennie Cauwels

How about we talk to our partners about what we like and don't like? How about we school our partners about how a woman's body works? Sexual "dysfunction" in women is usually curable with honesty and clitoral stimulation.

Jennie Cauwels
Jennie Cauwels

Um, they've had remote control toys for years, you guys. Rechargeable and wireless, even. No invasive procedures needed.

Charlie Howerton
Charlie Howerton

I was walking down the road the other day and bam someone hit me with a remote it was great for about a minute but made an uncomfortable rest of my day ;)

Benjamin Beierman
Benjamin Beierman

Wait. Someone found a way to control me remotely? I am NOT okay with that.

Angel Allie Lenny
Angel Allie Lenny

pretty sure dildos, vibrators flesh simulators including hands free sex toys have been out on the market for quite some time.....

Courtney Hannon
Courtney Hannon

Alyssa Mason - maybe something you could do for "school?"

Jo Baecker
Jo Baecker

I can see the headlines now... "Coming Soon!"

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

i seen this star trek episode where everyone has orgasm machines and are addicted to pleasure.


The USS Enterprise is doomed from these orgasm machines and only Data, the non sexed robot can save them 


who will save us?

April Howlett
April Howlett

Stuart Meloy is a genius! Except for the part where you have to surgically install it, eek! How could you not abuse this though?

Ryan Wilson
Ryan Wilson

The article city pages is quoting from is from 2001. Once again, city pages proves it is the laziest paper ever.

Kim Tee
Kim Tee

Um I think Masters & Johnson have been doing this since the 40's.

Emilee Kimball
Emilee Kimball

Interesting... But this article is cluttered with typos making it hard to read smoothly.

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