TENGA and the VR Suit
This story has gotten away from us, and we want to get some facts out there..!
Okay folks — we need to talk about something that’s gotten a bit out of hand out there in the world wide web — the tale of the TENGA VR Suit.
Perhaps you’re familiar — maybe you’ve even contacted us trying to purchase one.
If you are unaware of the story in question (though a quick search would no doubt produce immediate results, unfortunately), a short summary would go thusly — Japanese sex toy manufacturer TENGA has developed a full-body sex simulator, complete with VR goggles and an impressive set of breasts to fondle. While a scene with an animated woman plays on the headset, different parts of the suit respond accordingly — not only does the TENGA CUP stroke in time with the video, pressure points all over the suit stimulate the whole body, really making the wearer feel like the action is happening IRL. It’s an incredible concept, and comes with all kinds of implications, questions, and concerns regarding AI (how far is too far? Do I need a special firewall for this?)
It also sparks discussion that, whether you personally dig it or not, this thing is technologically amazing– which it absolutely would be… if it were real.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the truth is this is not a product in development at TENGA.
The video that is usually cited as source by those writing about this story was produced as an April Fool’s Joke (clearly a good one) by a Japanese company completely separate from TENGA called Illusion — they specialize in producing ‘adult’ video games, and whether that’s your cup of tea or not, there’s no denying that they are good at what they do.
The tale of TENGA’s VR suit has gained a relatively big amount of traction — people all over the world have reached out to us for information about this story over the last year, and many have chosen to write about it without fact-checking with us first. One story was even shared by George Takei’s Facebook page last year, which for a big portion of the Internet means it qualifies as ~Fully Viral~. Still, that doesn’t make the story any less fictitious. Most articles published about this have the same general details (pricing, release dates, availability) meaning that they’re likely sourced from the same places. There may even be a vicious loop-feed system happening, since we all know that if it’s on the internet, It Must Be True.
Some sites have gone so far as to claim that the suit sold out within minutes or has a lengthy waitlist, both of which simply aren’t true, since there’s no product to sell in the first place.
So, while I hate to be the crusher of dreams (technological or otherwise), this story has gotten so widespread that we wanted to address it in a way more concrete than a tweet or a few emails when asked. TENGA doesn’t have any plans to enter the VR world anytime soon — our goal as a company is to enhance masturbation and add something new to complement people’s sex lives, not to replicate or replace sex. It’s why our products aren’t anatomical, and why we try not to tell people how our products ‘should’ be used — that’s the fun part, and it’s up to you!
Are you disappointed? Relived? Surprised this warranted a conversation in the first place? Sound off in the comments, or tweet @TENGA_Global with your questions, comments, or things you’d like to see in a future post from us.
Until next time,