Introduction to KIIROO
The Keon to most people getting into sex tech must feel like a completely new type of device, but little do people know this isn’t Kiiroo’s first venture into automatic masturbation for men.
In 2014 they released the Kiiroo SVir; a device advertised to provide users of kiiroo’s social platform a place to connect and experienced a shared sexual sensation through capacitive touch sensors on an insertable toy that would then transmit the same touch through 8 contracting rings inside the sleeve of the SVir. This Concept would then go through a rebrand and creation of 3 Extra iterations, one in 2015 called the ONYX, ONYX 2 in late 2017 and finally the ONYX+ which released early 2020.
There’s something missing though. In 2017 Kiiroo also produced the Fleshlight Launch in partnership with you guessed it, Fleshlight. This device was the first real contender for male teledildonic experience simply because it ditched contraction and started utilising regular point to point movement integrating fleshlights repertoire of sleeve options and making it solely compatible with fleshlight cases.
For a collector of fleshlights, this was the first step into a world I personally thought was too good to be true. It worked well and did what it needed to do to create a wave of interest in the male machine market.
Fast-Forward to late 2020, the launch now discontinued, a new devices emerges in the KEON. A refinement of the launch in almost every area; it’s smaller, uses buttons for interfacing instead of touch sensitive zones, more ergonomic to hold with better materials and finish to boot and includes Kiiroo’s own similarly shaped stroker.
Key Features of the device include:
- Manually operated Stroking ( 24 – 230 Strokes per minute )
- Sync-able with video content
- Remotely controllable via FeelConnect App
- Pause / Resume via one button
- Adjust Speed + Stroke length on the fly
- Stroker that can be used like a regular fleshlight
How does it feel?
It Feels like a regular fleshlight, textured and enjoyable to be enveloped by but with the combination of hands free usage and synced content it can become a far more compelling device both physically and also mentally. The internals of the sleeve are bumpy, similar to a Stamina Training Unit from Fleshlight, a good overall sensation without too much stimulation due to variation and lack of ribbing on the internals of the sleeve.
Does it feel like sex? Yes and No. Yes because the sensations you can receive can be quite intense and being enveloped by a Stroker/Sleeve is far more intense than via a hand. No because the texture of a real vagina is different as warmth and the internals of the canal are hard to replicate and TPE whilst it can try its hardest has got a long way to go to producing a similar experience.
Manual Mode is my least preferred way to use the device as I’ve had enough of that through usage of the previous Fleshlight launch. It’s enjoyable just like using the Stroker on its own but with active control required on my part it doesn’t keep me engaged mentally as I like to sit back and visualise during sessions.
Is it bad? of course not, it’s a great addition and is still actively producing a great feeling but once people get spoiled with well synchronised video content it might feel a bit hollow. A neat feature included is the ability to pause the machine while in use so there’s no long hold to turn this thing off in case a pit stop is required which makes for even easier usage.
Speed and Stroke Length
Speed and stroke length are inherently tied together and there’s benefits and drawbacks to focusing on one or the other. Top speed is around 230 strokes a second but what isn’t mentioned is that to get to that stroke speed you have to reduce the stroke length.
Stroke length is obviously important as it controls the depth that your penis travels inside the sleeve, to reduce it to a quarter of its capacity really reduces sensation and I find it’s rarely useable at it’s shortest stroke length. Increasing the Stroke length reduces the speed the device can register a full stroke as the arm holding the toy needs to travel a further distance to reach it’s peak capping speed at something around 110 strokes per minute for full strokes at fastest speed.
For me the longer the better and reducing stroke length to gain speed is a negative trade off but might not be much of an issue for other users. All of this is important to note too if using the device with synced scripts (funscripts) which I will get into later.
Using the device remotely via Bluetooth is a nice idea, just like the launch the thought of someone like a partner controlling the toy is cool but the main issue I find is that it’s never as smooth of an experience as manual mode. There’s still stuttering every so often which the launch also experienced using the previous FeelConnect App and this turns me off using it remotely.
I blame Bluetooth mainly as it’s a limited technology that we seem to be already at limits with but the option being there is still nice to have. Perhaps with more firmware updates the experience can be ironed out more to make it more compelling. I will admit having to have an app that’s required to launch and connect to the Keon each time is just extra steps in keeping me from the experience, required obviously but with wifi it could have been easier.
Syncable with Video/Scripted Content
Personally, Scripts and Video Sync is the aspect where almost every male stroking machine can shine the most. The ability to feel like you are in a scene and are being manipulated by the actor/s on screen is intense. It creates a sense of loss of control.
Loss of control is a great stimulant for being engaged and aroused as you don’t control what happens and you are at the mercy of what’s to come. A long with that, if you were to use this device with a windows 10 pc to get the most out of it, you don’t even require a video to get well scripted and planned out movements for the device.
Scripting is essentially planning a sequence of movements and regularly it is done to map out the movements of a scene, the beauty of this is that extra flare and bonus strokes can be added to enhance the sensation. Scripts don’t need to follow any specific rules other than the speed capabilities of the device you use with them. This means you can script audio, blank video for more intense patterns or regular pornographic content and decide where you place longer strokes or where to place faster strokes, it can match the scene or just generally increase in pace if you preferred that.
Above is a representation of this sort of “subtitling” for a specific video, we call it a .funscript and as you can see speed and positioning are represented with the different coloured lines and dots, red being fastest, yellow, green and finally blue being the slowest.
This all adds up to a great deal of potential in a market filled with content to script and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some sharp growth around scripting once the idea is exposed to more mainstream audiences.
The Keon is another step in the right direction, it has a reduced footprint compared to the launch and still supports the use of regular fleshlight sleeves, this means any fleshlight collector could happily feel like this device is money well spent.
Mounting support should be coming sometime in the future and I’m sure it will help sell the device even more as similar toys on the market do not have their own mounting solutions and handsfree use is an important milestone to set.
The Cost of the device is not cheap but with the launch discontinued, other options for using fleshlight sleeves in an automatic stroker machine are limited if not next to 0.
Maintenance of the machine is similar to the launch, lubrication can find it’s way out of the sleeve and underneath the mounting bracket making it just that bit more irritating to deal with after sessions. With some decent toy cleaner solution and possibly a few wipes you can clear away the residue, just make sure it’s not built up too much as you can have a task on your hand removing it fully.
Other companies may want a piece of this market space and innovation of these ideas is the best way to keep ahead of the rest.