CES Revoked an Award for a Female Pleasure Device for Being 'Immoral'

A sex tech company won an award for innovation in robotics from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the organization that produces CES—and then it took it back, deeming the women’s pleasure product too “immoral, obscene, indecent, [or] profane” for its tastes. Lora DiCarlo, a startup that raised over $1 million in funding last year and developed eight technology and robotics patents in partnership with Oregon State University Product Development Lab, was named a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Robotics and Drone product category for its Osé personal massager (formally called Vela). On October 10, 2018, the company received a congratulatory email from CES, naming it an honoree in the robotics and drone category. By October 31, CTA emailed Lora DiCarlo’s team to inform them that the association was revoking the award, citing the entry terms: Entries deemed by CTA in their sole discretion to be immoral, obscene, indecent, profane or not in keeping with CTA’s image will be disqualified. CTA reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry at any time which, in CTA’s opinion, endangers the safety or well being of any person, or fails to comply with these Official Rules

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