Technologists have spent years dreaming up ways of revolutionizing our sex lives, from futuristic vibrators to fully immersive virtual-reality sex scenes.
But the real innovation comes from the women performing NSFW shows on cam sites.
"For Chaturbate cam girls, who spend most of their time hustling for tips in 'free' public rooms, this is a pretty easy way to ramp up income."Some bloggers have called it an unrealistic scam, meant to dupe people into handing over money for fake orgasms.
Another threat noted by Bartlett comes from internet "trolls" who try to identify camgirls and ruin their lives just for the fun of it.
He describes one nightmare incident, in which one camgirl, Sarah, was asked to post naked photos of herself on 4chan: one with her first name written somewhere on her body, and another holding a bottle of any medication she was taking.
So Mic reached out to Oh Mi Bod, the company that manufactures the vibes, to ask how these cam girls had managed to turn the sounds of just a tip into an IRL orgasm.
Welcome to "teledildonics." It's the field of tech-enabled remote sex devices and arguably the best new word of the 21st century.