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There’s nothing like settling down for a night in with a bottle of wine and a James Deen porno. Hey, why the raised eyebrow? Pornhub reported 78.9 billion videos viewed in 2014, with America clocking in at 123 page views per capita. No judgment here. But no matter how, ahem, arousing the film, it’s easy to feel removed from the action on the screen — no matter how wonderful your vibrator may be.

A new connected service brings the two together, essentially getting you as close to screwing a porn star as possible. xSync is a free wireless XO Web box that connects to adult-video portals and syncs your vibrator to the raunchy action. Your toy will literally buzz to the bump ’n’ grind in the flick. Users pay a $20 monthly subscription fee to access the content and must use a compatible LELO vibrator. Forget virtual-reality porn — this takes things to a physical level.

A pilot user liked that the videos were “positive porn,” and found them accessible for women and the LGBT community.

“I spent time researching the different ways we augment sex with technology,” the company’s CEO, Alan XST (the name he uses), told OZY. “The idea popped into my head: What if we could feel what we see?” He discovered that men were reticent about using and talking about toys, while women were “ecstatic about the idea.” He concluded that women aren’t anti-porn; “they just dislike the way it’s presented.” Alan hopes to change that.

Although skeptical to begin with, P.B., a 26-year-old pilot user, told OZY she enjoyed that the videos were “positive porn,” and accessible for women and the LGBT community. She found it a “new and exciting way to masturbate,” one that let her feel connected sexually.

So how does it all *blush* come together? Alan explains that if you’re watching a scene with thrusting, “the vibrator might be at a lower speed when it’s out than when the thrust is inside.” It’s programmed to sync to the action, not the sound. All videos are checked personally to make sure the sensations match the action. When the scene is sensual, you’ll have low vibrations, which then speed up when it starts getting XXX. xSync doesn’t make the videos; it just works with existing providers. It is still in pilot mode, so its library is growing, but it currently includes (NSFW) Madison Scott and 18Yoga (porn for the Lululemon addicts).

How can viewers interpret online porn, adjusting it to their reality? Bill Taverner, executive director at the Center for Sex Education, told OZY that he believes educating young people about realism in sex is key to understanding and appreciating pornography. He says that young people — “93 percent of boys and 62 percent of girls” — are exposed to porn in adolescence, but not educated about it. He thinks it’s up to parents and educators to “bring clarity and purpose to the technological advancements.”

Alan is keen to stress that xSync uniquely focuses on “a sex-positive approach,” and wants to focus his service on women, ignoring the “degrading” videos.

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