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A New Sex Toy For Those In LDRs – Vanessa Tai

Whoever said Singapore isn’t a sexy country? Two Singapore-based entrepreneurs have created an ingenious new sex toy, slated for launch in October 2013. Vibease is the world’s first hands-free vibrator that taps on the body’s biggest sex organ – the brain.


Well, the Vibease vibrator connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Fire up the Fantasy App, and download an audio fantasy of your choice. Then just lie back, relax and enjoy the waves of pleasure that are sure to ensue (the vibrator is designed in a way where you can tuck it discreetly into your underpants.) The vibrator and the Fantasy app work hand-in-hand – when the narrator in the fantasy app says something like, “Your skin feels so soft,” the vibrator pulsates gently. But as the plot heats up and the narrator says something like, “I miss you badly,” the intensity of vibrations increases. Basically, the vibrations are personalised to each storyline! Even better, you can even upload your own personal fantasy to the Fantasy Library and let other people listen (and get off) to your fantasy.

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Choose from a wide variety of fantasies … or create your own!

Isn’t technology mind-bogglingly fantastic???

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Sexting has just been taken to a whole new level

But wait, there’s more. Vibease isn’t just for DIY fun; couples living on separate continents can also get in on the steamy action. The Vibease Intimate app allows your partner to send you sexy private messages while controlling the vibrations from anywhere in the world (just make sure you have a reliable Wi-Fi connection!)

The idea for Vibease came about when co-founder Dema Tio was in a long-distance relationship with his then-girlfriend, now-wife. In an interview, he shared that despite having tools like Skype and instant messaging, the lack of a physical relationship was challenging. In fact, his girlfriend was one of the first few game enough to try the earlier prototypes of Vibease!

Whatever your take on sex toys is, this marks yet another exciting new frontier for Singapore’s tech start-ups and I can’t wait to see what else we’ll dream up.

Would you be interested to try out the Vibease? Tell us in the Comments section below!

About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. She believes women should take charge of their own orgasms. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets.

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Tech Roundup: Of Old-School Keypads, Taking Selfies, And The Mother Of All Gadgets – Tan Lili

Running a website means we Material Girls pretty much have to stay connected 24/7, so it’s no surprise that we love our gadgets. Check out some of the latest tech launches in town:

Sony portable chargerSony CP-F5 USB Portable Charger
Anguish, exasperation, horror, distress – yep, it’s that tangled ball of emotions that hits you the moment your smartphone runs out of juice. Instead of pulling what’s left of your hair out, plug your smartphone in to the new and improved USB portable charger by Sony, the CP-F5. Like its predecessor (CP-F1L), the CP-F5 sports an ultra-slim 9.4mm aluminium body. The difference? It has a battery capacity of 5,000mAh – a 40-percent improvement that makes it capable of fully charging a smartphone twice. The Sony CP-F5 USB Portable Charger, $69.90, will be available in black, blue, pink and red from August 2013 at all authorised Sony stores.

image001 (1)Nokia 301
Remember how you used to be able to type a message on your old mobile phone with your eyes closed? Kinda hard to do that on today’s touchscreen keypads without AutoCorrect changing your text to something even Lil’ Wayne wouldn’t understand. Well, here’s something perfect for hipsters and #FirstWorldProblem sufferers: the dual-SIM Nokia 301, which boasts the classic alphanumeric keypad of the old Nokia devices. It’s no smartphone but, for a feature phone, this sure packs a punch. It’s got a battery life of up to 39 days (when using the single SIM version on a 3G network, on standby); a step-by-step voice instruction that guides you through taking a self-portrait; built-in Facebook and Twitter apps; HD-voice ready tech that delivers great voice quality; and the dual-SIM function that allows you to easily switch between SIM cards. The Nokia 301, $149, is available in black and white, at Nokia stores, Nokia Solutions Partners and selected retailers.

Style: "シャープ80"Casio EXILIM EX-TR15 Digital Camera
I learned something about myself a few weeks ago when I had to send a self-portrait to a friend: I truly, positively suck at taking selfies. If you’re like me, you might appreciate the new EXILIM EX-TR15 by Casio. The shutter button of this ultra-slim 12-megapixel digital camera is located on its rotatable frame for easy shooting of self-portraits. It’s also got built-in wireless connectivity and a Live View mode so you can share your images or transfer them to your smartphone instantly. The EXILIM EX-TR15, price unavailable, is available in pink, white and black, at all major retailers.

lenovo-ideacentre-horizon-front-angle-viewLenovo IdeaCentre Horizon
You know that popular meme with Fry from Futurama exclaiming, “Shut up and take my money!”? I would insert that meme here … if I had the damned money. Not only is the 27-inch Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon the “World’s First Table PC for the Home”, it won 15 awards at this year’s CES 2013. This all-in-one desktop/gaming table/mirror/interactive serving platter/so much more has got a 10-point multi-touch ability that allows up to four people to use it simultaneously. Words won’t do this ingenuity justice; below, check out the infographic, done by Lenovo, on what the IdeaCentre Horizon could offer. The IdeaCentre Horizon, from $2,899, is available at Lenovo Exclusive Stores and all Courts outlets.

Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon infographic

All opinions are the author’s own and this review is not paid for by any of the brands mentioned. You may read our advertising policy here.

About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as (now, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. If you can’t already tell, she is quite a geek at heart too. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets

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On Our Want List: Wireless Speakers – Tan Lili

If you’re obsessed with music and gadgets, you’ll want to get your hands on these shiny newish things.

AudioBulb by GiiNii

Ding ding ding! What a great idea!

Ding ding ding! What a great idea!

This wireless music and lighting system allows you to use the device as a light bulb and a speaker, through which music transmits wirelessly from your iPod, iPhone, or any other auxiliary input. Plus, you can create your preferred lighting environment with the four-stage dimmer, as well as listen wirelessly with up to eight bulbs and one sound device (read: it’s your turn  to host the next house party!). AudioBulb by GiiNii, US$299.99, is available at Amazon.

Kohler Moxie Showerhead+Wireless Speaker

What's missing now is a soundproof bathroom wall.

What’s missing now is a soundproof bathroom wall.

Hands up, those of you who sing in the shower. Now, what if we told you there’s a rechargeable, wireless Bluetooth speaker that comes equipped with 60 angled nozzles to deliver a unique in-shower experience? Sing “hello” to the Moxie, a Kohler showerhead with a magnetic wireless speaker that delivers up to seven hours of music. All you need to do is sync your Bluetooth-enabled device with the Moxie (up to 10m away), and you can do a Demi Lovato in the confines of your bathroom – with excellent acoustics to boot! Kohler Moxie Showerhead+Wireless Speaker, from US$149.25, is available at Amazon.

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A cutting-edge design that’s small in size but big on performance – that’s what these balls of (audio) fire claim to deliver. With Sony’s 360-degree Circle Sound audio diffusion technology, the SRS-BTV5 is able to transmit music wirelessly to every corner of a room for up to five hours. You can stream music from your Bluetooth- or NFC-enabled device (NFC, short for near-field communication, is a type of contactless communication from one device to another). What’s cool: If you stream music from your phone and a call comes in, press the answering key and the music will fade, and you can take the call hands-free. Available in black, pink, blue and white. From now until April 21, 2013, the SRS-BTV5 will be sold at $99 at all Sony stores in Singapore. After this promotional period, it will be sold at a recommended retail price of $119.

About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as (now, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction.