This Week in Sex: Hands-Free Vibrator Gets Award, Then Dissed at Vegas Electronics Show ( rewire.news )

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Gender Bias at a Tech Trade Show? 

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) ends Friday in Las Vegas. At the annual event, thousands of companies roll out their latest must-have gadgets. This year’s thing-a-ma-bobs include a robot that purifies the air as it travels around your house, a voice-controlled toilet, and a camera that uses artificial intelligence to identify poachers in African wildlife reserves.

What’s not on the floor, however, is the Osé, a unique, hands-free vibrator made by tech startup company Lora DiCarlo.

The Osé is designed to simultaneously stimulate the clitoris and the elusive G-spot, an area in the front wall of the vagina that can be particularly sensitive. Lola Vars, the company’s technical director, explained to Engadget that the clitoris spreads out widely under the surface: “Basically, the G-spot is essentially the clitoris being stimulated internally, and our device seeks to stimulate the G-spot and the clitoris at the same time, while also being hands-free.” This is the first product the company has developed.

Before the Las Vegas show, the Osé was given an award in the robotics and drone product category by a panel of judges impressed with its innovation. But the organizers of the conventionat the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) rescinded the award and told the company it could not display its products at the trade show. CTA officials told Fortune in a statement: “The product referenced does not fit into any of our existing product categories and should not have been accepted for the Innovation Awards Program.”

But Lora DiCarlo says the reasons were more complicated than that. The