Kegel exercises are something that all women are recommended to do throughout their life. They’re said to improve sexual pleasure, as well as allowing the woman to retain important lower body strength after pregnancy. Exercises with no visible triggers though, can be incredibly boring, which is where the Skea comes in.
While the Skea might be more internal than external, it certainly fits the description of a wearable, being in constant contact with the user and delivering smart functions to a simple activity. The Skea contains, inside its molded silicon shell, a small pressure sensor that when inserted can be activated by squeezing your pelvic floor muscles. This then sends a signal to the accompanying smartphone application, which is where the fun starts.
For now the developers are bundling an endless runner application that lets users control the jump function by sqeeuzing and activating the sensor. Information is sent from the Skea to the app via Bluetooth and there’s a small handle on the device to aid manoeuvrability.
There is a slightly more pleasureable side to the whole thing though. The Skea does deliver a small “biofeedback vibration,” when activated, just to let you know that you’re doing it right. While it all sounds geared towards an ulterior motive, letting women know they’re doing it right is important as, as many as a third don’t know how to do it correctly.
In typical smart wearable fashion, the application that the Skea is hooked up to is able to keep track of your progress over time, letting you know about improvements to your strength, stamina and reaction times.
Over time, improved pelvic floor strength can give increased bladder control, make pregnancy easier through stronger pushes and faster recovery times and of course, an increase in sexual performance.
Currently on Kickstarter, the Skea exerciser is available as a pre-order, pre-release, for $85, + $8 shipping if outside of the US. There’s also a special offer for those living in China, to receive a full Skea for just $45. There are classic versions without the smart functions however, available for just $25.
One of the big drawbacks with the project, is that it doesn’t look like it’s going to get funded. I’d like to know what the developers have planned if that turns out to be the case. Its app graphics could do with some work though, even for a simple mobile app. It’ll need more than one game too if this device is to be successful.
I’d like to see the Skea get funded, as Kegel exercises are indeed very important, but perhaps the developers should partner with some more serious game makers to see what they can really make of the experience.