Updated: FEBRUARY 25, 2021
Sextech is a collective term used to describe a variety of technology being created to enhance sexual wellness, health and entertainment.
Sextech can refer to sex devices, production methods and apps, with goals as varied as educating those that want to know more or simply providing pleasure.
Some examples of sextech products and services include:
- Sex education apps.
- AI-enhanced sex toys.
- Hook-up/dating apps.
- App-enabled sex products.
- Virtual reality pornography.
- Sexual robotics.
- Gender identity affirming products.
- Sexual health advances.
Some companies in the sextech sphere include Womanizer (non-vibration sex toys), Dame (hands-free sex toys), Beducated (sex ed), BioSure (rapid sexual health testing kits), Einhorn (condoms), RealityLovers (virtual reality porn).
Advances in sextech are often a reflection of how technology is being advanced in non-sex spaces, but sextech has also been known to be instrumental in leading the advancement of technology before it reaches of realms of "mainstream" society.
In 2020, the Sextech industry was estimated to be a $30 billion marketplace. And that could rise to more than $120 billion by 2026. With rapid growth expected, it's also been pegged as an industry that is sure to introduce even more advances and innovations as new entrepreneurs and technologies enter the space.
Because sextech is tied to creation, innovation and entrepreneurship, some people involved in the industry created and participate in Sextech hackathons—weekend long events where people (those already in and those new to the industry) gather to discuss ideas, funding opportunities, and to brainstorm potential ideas for future Sextech developments, advances, and products.
Sextech is also considered by some to be a movement, meant to disrupt the current sexual marketplace and our sexual culture. One of the key goals in the Sextech movement is ensuring the space is welcoming, safe for, and encouraging to women, BIPOC and people of differing sexual and gender identities, and people with disabilities.