Condom testing robot


Broken condoms are a serious concern, not only for those who break them, but the companies who manufacture them. When studying the common reasons for breakage, a coital robot was used to simulate usage. Though it isn’t much of a robot, consisting mainly of simple pneumatics, it does serve its purpose. The study was able to determine the most common cause of breakage, and hopefully this information will lead to less occurrences. Robots do exist in the sex industry, and not just in that speculative future sex bot sense. Why weren’t any bots of a sexual background included in the big picture? The comments might want to stray towards future tech and possibilities, but we’re curious what there is out there currently and how robots are helping the industry.


  1. TheKhakinator says:

    I like how one person makes a comment about the arduino-spam and they had said exactly what everyone was thinking.


  2. TJ says:

    You could probably get volunteers to do this for free at less than the cost of the robot…

  3. Cerberus says:

    It is not about the ‘cost’ but consistency. You do NOT want to skew the results. You must research things SCIENTIFICALLY so that the results can be refuted under the same conditions and cause/produce the same result.

  4. Mouserz says:

    Now someone needs to upload a video of the robot working with some porn music in it.

  5. Tom says:

    “Though it isn’t much of a robot, consisting mainly of simple pneumatics, it does serve its purpose.”

    Why is it anything that moves is now called a robot? What exactly is the logic in putting this up as a “robot”? Even the original article doesn’t make that claim.

  6. Derek says:

    How is it not a robot? If it’s not a robot then either is a roomba, or one of those car assembly welding arms.

  7. sean says:

    cerberus completely missed the point

  8. BiOzZ says:

    ill test them :3

  9. Lyle Hazelwood says:

    The International Organization for Standardization gives a definition of robot in ISO 8373: “an automatically controlled, reprogrammable, multipurpose, manipulator programmable in three or more axes, which may be either fixed in place or mobile for use in industrial automation applications.”[3] This definition is used by the International Federation of Robotics, the European Robotics Research Network (EURON), and many national standards committees.

    To focus on “reprogrammable, multipurpose, manipulator”, it would seem that vacuum cleaners and condom stress testers are not “multipurpose”, but those “Assembly Welding Arms” that Derek mentioned certainly would be.
    But common usage has redefined “robot” as almost anything that moves.

  10. redbeard says:

    i wish this had the tag “dildonics”

  11. therian says:

    Can this robot work as nut cracker ?

  12. Arthur says:


    Bow Chicka Wowww wow

  13. lee says:

    how about an NSFW warning on the “robots do exist” link…

  14. ruster says:

    cerberus: skewing is what you want. if you are trying to break a condom

  15. theman says:

    So, who’s the poor bastard stuck w/this job? I can just imagine the conversation when meeting new people:
    random person: “so what do you do for a living?”
    poor bastard : “well, I watch robots f*ck.”
    random person: “….”

  16. DubMuffin says:

    I’m trying to figure out what it must have felt like for a Cambridge researcher to put a dildo on a requisition list (and who was the pre-authorized supplier?!?!??)

  17. tainted says:

    LOL, Most of the people on here have never had the opportunity to use a condom.

  18. 8-[ says:

    thats why they built a machine rather than conclude that the best way to test a condom would be to actually have sex…

  19. Bryan Thielbar says:


  20. Chris says:


    sad they didn’t nab the printer hacked to play the harmonica from their site too… or is that tomorrow’s hackaday..

  21. Roman D says:

    Chika Chika Pow pow…..

    — “Love is in the air” by Barry Manilow playing in backround….

  22. PsyClone says:

    Ummmmm They’ve been making these for years, Hasn’t anyone else seen all those fucking machine? Although their is usually a girl on the other end of them ;)

  23. Caleb Kraft says:

    these things are often submitted to many sites. In this case though, we got it from boingboing… which you can clearly see by clicking on the link that goes to boingboing.

  24. Drake says:

    Well technically you can take the “receiving” end off of the machine. And im pretty sure that the pneumatics are not controlled by an operator . . . so it could be reprogrammed and serve other uses. If you wanted to you could take the dildo off, add a butter knife perpendicular and a piece of toast with some jam . . . you get the picture, I hope.

  25. chodaboy says:

    Bar smalltalk with one of the engineers for this company:
    bar person: “so what do you do for a living?”
    engineer : “I make f*cking robots.”
    bar person: “sorry, just asking, no need to get all ugly about it.”

  26. Anon says:

    This is a debasement of science

  27. dgrimal says:

    seriously – who spec’d the size on that thing?!? my gawd!

  28. Mike says:

    Am I the only one that doesn’t think that it’s exceptionally huge? Maybe I should peek over urinals, I must be gifted and not know about it.

  29. beStill says:

    what, no video?

  30. Hirudinea says:

    Now mechanical, repetitive sex isn’t just for the married anymore.

  31. Drone says:

    Don’t show this to the Bus Pirate.

  32. draeath says:

    They have to test the whole thing. You generally don’t use the whole length of the condom, unless you are quite blessed.

    It would also be at least as thicker (or more than) the target users, for reasons obvious if you think of the stresses involved.

    Given that these are not easily adjustable attributes, I would venture to guess they have an attachment for various dimensions.

  33. Jeremy says:

    “Knowledge of the main mechanism of breakage should help develop better user instructions, better test methods and, ultimately, better condoms.”

    Better user instructions?

    Step 1) Pinch tip of condom
    Step 2) Place condom on head of penis
    Step 3) Unroll condom down the length of penis
    Step 4) Ensure vagina is well lubricated.
    Step 5) *Gently* insert penis, straight and evenly into adequately large vagina.

    Disclaimer: The manufacture of this condom can not be held responsive if condom breakage occurs during use on a abnormally sized penis, with a partner experiencing “personal dryness” or during sex.

  34. wes says:

    Naturally, they cut the balls off this robot to prevent overpopulation. We wouldn’t want failed robot condoms to lead to their taking over the world now would we?

  35. nick says:

    lol, wut. ok i demand a video.

  36. tekk says:

    yeah but the f**ing machines aren’t robots…I know a guy who has one and it consists of a d*ldo attached to a saws-all. Not too robotic.

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