Why the Ambrosia Vibrator Went Open Source

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When it comes to open source hardware in the realm of pleasure devices, you typically think of something along the lines of an Arduino attached to a bullet vibe. Orgasmatronics challenges that concept with their wonderfully polished Ambrosia vibe. It looks great and goes a bit further than simple vibrations as preprogrammed settings.

Back in 2014 they announced that the device would be open source, and there would be tutorials for the community to be able to modify their devices. It is such a wonderful move and only serves to benefit their customers. Since then, the devices has seen some iterations and appears to be a fantastically developed product. It incorporates a sensor that allows for an interesting amount of feedback from what is happening for both parties. For example, if the shaft of the device is feeling a slow rhythmic squeezing, the motor at the base somewhat imitates that effect.

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Doctor X Treme, the creator of the Ambrosia hardware

from the article:

I have decided that I want to work in a way that I believe in.  As I was working on patents, I increasingly felt a disconnect between my work and what I believed.  I see patents hurting our industry, stifling innovation, and generally being a not fun time.  Sex should be consensual and collaborative and patents are none of these things.  The patents I see going out in this industry are for things that are mostly obvious and would be trivial for a competent engineer to reproduce

While many companies will technically be “open source” Orgasmatronics has made the following statement on what this means to them. Especially great, is number 4.

Open hardware means the following to us:

  1. We don’t patent the Ambrosia technology.
  2. We tell hobbyists how to build their own from scratch.
  3. We tell people enough about it that they can remix it in their own commercial products (and have hardware licenses that allow this).
  4. We tell customers who buy our products how to take them apart and hack them, including re-programming the firmware and connecting to other hardware.

If you want to read the whole statement, you can find their blog  post here.