The concept of a 3D-printed vibrator is nothing new—there’s a whole cottage industry of aspiring DIY sex-toy manufacturers making their own toys on the Internet. But few of these options are quite as detailed, or as creepy, as B3D HEAD, a 3D-printing company that provides custom vibrators in the shape of your significant other’s head.
The brainchild, so to speak, of designer Zander Whitehurst, B3D HEAD is essentially a 3D-printed personalized vibrator that you can design to resemble the visage of pretty much anyone you want, from your significant other to the hottest celebrities. (Whitehurst apparently hopes to design one that looks like Benedict Cumberbatch.) All you have to do is send in a photo of your partner, and Whitehurst will 3D-print a two-inch wide, one-inch deep model of a head, with a small, Bullet-style vibrator concealed inside.
While it might sound totally nuts to make a vibrator in a non-penile shape, it’s not unprecedented. There’s an entire market for dragon-shaped dildos, for instance, and an artist named Fernando Sosa, a.k.a. Political Sculptor, made waves earlier this year for creating 3D-printed butt plugs in the shape of, among other luminaries, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Unlike Sosa’s politically inspired project, B3D HEAD apparently has its roots in academia—specifically, Whitehurst’s studies at New York University, where he first learned about teledildonics, or remote-controlled sex toys, which are used by people in long-distance relationships. He launched B3D HEAD as a way to make long-distance sex “a bit more fun,” according to Refinery29.
Reasonable people can differ as to whether or not having a lover’s disembodied, relentlessly buzzing head between your legs at night is “fun.” But Whitehead’s solution should please people in long-distance relationships who find the concept of masturbating with their partner’s shrunken, battery-powered head compelling.
Whitehead hopes to officially launch B3D HEAD in time for Valentine’s Day 2015. All things considered, it’d make for a much better gift than menstrual blood chocolates.