"Skea can be comfortably positioned inside body"
We usually spotlight Kickstarter campaigns for the right reasons: having tested the latest prototypes, interviewed the developers and done our damndest to ensure that the project is potentially deserving of your hard-earned cash.
Occasionally, however, we highlight a campaign because it's utterly bizarre or all the cool Outbrain-pimping sites are doing it. So now that a gaming peripheral designed to be inserted directly into the body with the intention of strengthening pelvic floor muscles is seeking funding, it's time to jump on that bandwagon hard.
Pelvis-first, presumably. Let the shameless bid for hits commence.
Skea, billed as a "Smart Kegel Exercise Aid," is positioned inside the user's vagina and allows gamers to squeeze the pressure sensor with their pelvic floor muscles. Bluetooth smartphone/tablet connectivity then converts muscle contractions into a simple input, such as tapping the screen in Temple Run, Canabalt or other endless runners, delivering vibrating "tickle" biofeedback to register successful jumps. It's a novel idea that should make traditional 'kegel' pelvic floor-strengthening exercises more entertaining, promoting extra health benefits, which Inventor Tom Chen lists as a reduced risk of urinary incontinence, easier childbirth and post-partum healing.
Here's the video.
There's also a side benefit in the bedroom, which I'll let Chen explain. "Pelvic muscles contribute to healthy sexual response for women," reads the pitch. "Strong pelvic floor muscles can enhance arousal and improve sensation, orgasm quality, and general sexual experience. Men also prefer his female partner[s] to have stronger pelvic muscles, due to stronger contact forces and grip during the course."
We assume that male gamers can also use the device in
obvious some fashion, and that it may also have potential future applications with the upcoming wave of VR headsets.
The flagship title, Alice In Continent (I think there's probably a pun in there somewhere), lets players leap the protagonist over pits in order to "chase Rabbit Leg-pullers, dodge Lava Leaks, and collect Collagen Elixirs."
Chen is currently seeking the lion's share of $38,000 in order to successfully fund the Klea. It's up to you. Do let us know what you make of it!
NB: I'd love to give more exposure to deserving Kickstarter projects, but we're still figuring out the best way to do that. Would you be interested in a weekly/fortnightly roundup or video series? A regular column? More or even less coverage? Let me know!
For now, do check out Radial-G if you have any interest in VR and racing games. - Jonathan