Sex tech company Lora DiCarlo gets CES robotics award it was first denied

CNET | 5/8/2019 | Caitlin Petrakovitz
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The Osé contains advanced microrobotics the company developed with Oregon State University.

At CES 2019 the biggest topic, almost by accident, was sex tech. That's because the governing body of the event revoked its Innovation Award on realizing the company behind the winning robotics technology makes sex tech products.

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That company, Lora DiCarlo, makes a device that taps advanced microrobotics to give women hands-free orgasms. The company still made an appearance at a smaller nighttime show, but nowhere near the main CES show floor where it was denied placement, and not at the Innovation Awards ceremony.

On Wednesday, the Consumer Technology Association reversed the award's revocation, which had gotten sex tech companies, other 2019 CES attendees and the media talking about the placement of sex tech among consumer products.

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"CTA did not handle this award properly," Jean Foster, CTA's senior vice president of marketing and communications, said in a statement. "This prompted some important conversations internally and with external advisors and we look forward to taking these learnings to continue to improve the show."

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In a follow-up call, Foster said the CTA is always looking to expand the show into new areas. "One of the benefits of CES ... is the fact that we're always looking at what are the latest innovations in consumer technology and how do we (put) them in the show."

Foster also that said while the CTA didn't believe there was anything fundamentally wrong with the awards, it's reviewing policies and processes to ensure it's following its own rules.

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Lora DiCarlo said it was thankful for the restoration of the award given for the company's work in advanced robotics.

"We appreciate this gesture from the CTA, who have taken an important step in the right direction to remove the stigma and embarrassment around...
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