Gadgets and robots now play an important role in almost all facets of human life — including what goes on between the sheets.
A new smartwatch, dubbed Geeksme, allegedly provides its users with statistics about the intensity, frequency and duration of sex. But does it really work?
The smartwatch is a product of Spanish phone manufacturer Geeksphone. “Sexual activity is a part of a healthy lifestyle,” reads the Geeksphone website. “Know your performance and track your progress.”
The $94 watch has four different modes: fitness, sleep, love and environment. The love mode, named g!love, must be switched on prior to having sex. It tracks the duration, intensity, amount of calories burned and number of times you have sex. This provides weekly, monthly and annual graphs about your sex life.
After a “session,” you are given the option to rate the experience, which the company promises will be kept top secret. Geeksme cofounder, Ángel Sánchez Díaz, claims an individual can burn anywhere from two to eleven calories a minute while having sex.
How the other modes work
The g!fitness mode keeps track of your steps, calories and fat burned. By contrast, the g!sleep mode keeps track of how well you sleep at night. In addition, the g!ecological mode keeps track of your activities and determines whether or not you are having a damaging impact on the environment.
The smartwatch appears to be made from aluminum, has an OLED screen and a 64 x 64 pixel resolution. The strap is approximately 18mm across. The smartwatch’s face clocks in at about 32mm in diameter. Progress toward your daily goal is indicated by 12 LED lights around the screen’s edge, according to the company’s website.
A myriad of functions are attached to the watch. The company states the smartwatch will eventually be able to make calls and provide message notifications.
This smartwatch isn’t the first digital device tailored toward monitoring sexual activities. A California group recently came up with a sex toy called Lovely. It can be linked up with your smart phone to keep track of the number of calories you burn during sex and the number of thrusts per session. It also recommends up to 120 different sex positions and offers feedback on how you can better your performance.
Monitoring devices fraught with inaccurate measurements
Monitoring devices that keep track of your sexual performance aren’t without their critics, however. Studies show that many monitoring devices fail to provide accurate measurements about an individual’s activity.
Researchers tested some of the most popular activity monitors, including the Fitbit Flex, Nike+ FuelBand SE, Jawbone UP 24 and the Misfit Shine. Participants in the study were requested to wear the devices while they performed 25 minutes worth of aerobic activities.
The researchers found that more than 60 percent of the devices failed to accurately measure an individual’s activity. The results of the monitoring devices conflicted with each other. In particular, the monitoring devices often overestimated how much work a dormant individual exhibited. The Fitbit Flex was deemed the most accurate and the Misfit Shine was deemed the most inaccurate.
Furthermore, monitoring devices can sometimes be more of a distraction than they are useful. Monitoring your heart rate during an exercise routine, for instance, has no real benefit to your health. It’s much more effective to gauge exercise by paying attention to how you’re feeling than looking at a number on an LCD screen.
Our conclusion: Smartwatches aren’t all that smart. They’re fraught with inaccurate measurements and designed by companies to make a buck off your sex life. If you want to keep track of your sexual health, listen to your body. And if you really want to know how good you are in bed, try asking your partner — not an inanimate object.