Technology is affecting all aspects of our lives so it makes sense that sex toys are also changing. Wandering the internet reveals sex toys powered by USB ports and even toys which can be controlled by someone else over the internet but Je Joue is the first vibrator that can be programmed for your personal enjoyment using your common or garden PC.
When the velvet covered box first lands on the doorstep, it's clear Je Joue - which is marketed as a 'sensual massager' - is no ordinary sex toy. Inside is the handset itself, two instruction manuals (one for the handset and the other covers the Pleasureware software which is downloadable from the official site), the USB cord and power lead and a velvet case - which will also hold the handset -containing three moulded 'pleasurepads'.
The handset (which is a similar size to a cordless telephone) comes in a shade of girly pink and is ergonomic enough to be held comfortably in either hand. The small LCD display shows which groove is currently selected along with the battery charge and intensity of the vibrations. At the top of the handset is the Don't Stop! button. Pressing this allows for the intensity of the groove to be raised or lowered, depending on personal preference, or - by pressing the button for two seconds - puts the current groove on indefinite repeat.
The handset comes pre-programmed with nine grooves designed to provide an introduction to precisely what Je Joue is capable of along with a special groove that allows for proper cleaning. Once charged, the pleasurepad moves, slides, buzzes, gyrates, vibrates and teases. The shifting grooves means you never know when it’s next going to change gear and do something totally different. That alone will certainly hightens the excitement and certainly makes Je Joue one of the most suprising vibrators I've come across. Using the Pleasureware software is simple and upon signing up there are over seventy grooves available to download but the big draw is the ability to design you own, to your personal likes and specifications.
The only complaint about an otherwise stunning example of sexual technology is that fact that – at the end of the day – Je Joue is battery powered and this makes it very weak in terms of sensation when compared to some of the mains powered vibrators such as the Hitachi Magic Wand. However the programmability and ingenuity of the grooves will certainly please and the ability to change intensity does make up - in part - for the lithium-ion battery. Despite the high price tag, Je Joue is an ideal middle ground vibrator for someone still exploring exactly what they like and what sex toys are capable of.
Je Joue costs £123 and can be purchased from the official site.