Comingle is a leader in the field of teledildonics, which, as the etymologists among us have already surmised, is the combination of telemetry and dildos. Specifically, the use of computers and similar devices to remotely control a dildo. This (relatively) safe for work video provides an example.
All of this is made possible through open-source software that allows you to make your own dildo and customize the input means. Comingle even provides some ideas for the device, which they call the Mod:
I can't believe I never thought of this--controlling a dildo with a Wii joystick or even more remotely through the internet! Nikola Tesla would be proud.
Anyway, I know all of this because a company called TZU Technologies sued Comingle in the Central District of California, alleging infringement of US Patent Number 6,368,268, titled "Method and device for interactive virtual control of sexual aids using digital computer networks." The face of the patent lists various references cited including "Virtual Sex Machine, www.vrinnovations.com" and an article titled "Cybersex: An online sexual revolution." These were cited by the inventors--the examiner went out and found "FUFME, Fuck U Fuck Me Product Info" on his own. Seriously, check the highlighted portion:
I'm sure the file history is enlightening. Suffice it to say that not even dildo purveyors are safe from patent trolls these days.
Perhaps the only unsurprising fact in this post is that Comingle has taken to Twitter asking for teledildonic enthusiasts to provide them with prior art to help invalidate the patent. People have twat back some responses, including this remarkably NSFW video from 1993 involving kinky Europeans and a dial-up.
I'll keep you abreast of this matter's comings and goings as they develop.