A lot of you have been asking for a progress update on the Bionic and it’s certainly very overdue.
In all honesty, it’s been a pretty tough year for the Bionic.
It’s definitely tricky when you’re a small company with limited resources, trying to pull off something that hasn’t been done before. I certainly have a lot more respect now for the vast chasm that exists between proof-of-concept prototype and manufacture-ready product. The frustrating thing is that I know it’s entirely possible to get right; it’s just that engineering firms haven’t encountered a product quite like this before.
Most engineering firms are great at evolutionary design, ie taking an existing product and tweaking it slightly to improve it. But revolutionary design, something that hasn’t been done before, just takes a lot more trial and error, hit and misses, and thinking outside the box.
Unfortunately, I did have to make a call a few months back to pull the plug with the current engineering firm. We all had to admit to ourselves that this was a bit beyond them and hence the project was sitting more or less untouched for the last six months while I tried to figure out next steps.
I’m happy to report that I think I’ve finally found a company for whom this is much more in their wheelhouse and it feels fantastic to have things start to move again. I think it was also really good for me psychologically to just put this down for six months as I can now come back to it with renewed enthusiasm and zeal.
So really this is just an update to say, we’re still going! Though it’s taking a while, we’re certainly not giving up. Hopefully I’ll have a more concrete update to give in the near future, but it’s looking good for 2023!
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YAY! so happy that things can start back up! Keep at it and don’t give up! looking forward to future updates!
I have watched this project blossom from its initial announcement with complete excitement. Initially, I thought the design was more concrete and was not going to take near as much time as it has actually taken to release a physical product to the public. Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with releasing any sort of prototypes and having separate versions of the product as you figure out how to advance it further. As it stands, many people have donated lots of money and seen zero real results. If you were to release a v.1, it could help develop proceeds for the research, as well as reignite a spark in people over it all. If I weren’t a fan of this company already and came across this project, I would probably assume it’s a money grab and not a real project. However I’m an avid fan of this company’s helpful products, the courageous owner for demoing them, and the company’s level of connection to their customers. We have waited a long time, and I’m willing to wait forever, but I do question whether the waiting is actually necessary. I’m so excited we have an update and I can’t wait to see what happens in the future, because whether it’s next year or in 40, this will be a project that truly transforms people’s lives.
This is so exciting, thank you!! Take all the time you need to make it truly great :) I was wondering if there are any plans to maybe add balls and/or a flared base to any of the existing products? I have been debating about waiting for the bionic or getting one of the existing products and then maybe the bionic later on if I still need it, but to use any of em I would need one with a flared base and/or balls. I imagine it’d be a decently easy evolution and just wanted to put it out there that it could be really cool!! I appreciate all the work you are doing and thank you for the update!!
Thanks for the encouraging words! The Joystick does have a slightly flared base and at some stage in the future, I may do the padlock balls which will be an add on to the Joystick, but because of how balls affect packing, I won’t be adding balls to the Joystick.
While the only prototype we have seen was the hydraulic version awhile ago that has since been scrapped, any chance we will get to see a prototype of the chosen pneumatic version in the near future to see visibly how that one may look and function? Also, when you say it’s looking good for 2023, do you mean the bionic may be released during 2023? So excited for this!!
Yes 2023 is what I’m hoping for or to at least make significant progress towards the release :) And yes, I’m hoping to show a pneumatic prototype in the near future as well.
Germany is also waiting… looking forward to 2023!
I’m so happy to see an update on this project! Been really excited ever since this project was announced. I’ve been following this Pre-T and now that I’m already actually medically transitioning for a year, feeling more hopeful for our community’s future I could cry in happiness! Looking forward to 2023!
It’s finally 2023 and i am so excited for this, maybe it won’t be released but to see an update/prototype would be so dope. love u and the work u do man LIFE CHANGING :)
I have been watching the progress though out the years with this project and still am very excited indeed. I was curious, if I was to get meta, Just the release not scrotum or urethral hook up, would this new model be able to accommodate some extra girth and a bit of length?. Also, what seems to be some of the major differences in how it will be functionally? And any changes to attachment to the body?.
And one suggestion. A pre-order list for the beings whom have been following you and donating funds. I believe it would be a very welcoming gesture towards those of us whom have been donating, even when times were rough.
Please shoot me an email if possible so I can read the response.
Blessed be, and keep up the good work !! <3
It’s always difficult to say how well it will work with post surgery individuals as there’s so much variability. You should definitely be able to wear it with just modified underwear.
About how much will the Bionic likely cost? Just to be prepared. I really feel that it could help my partner a lot.
Still difficult to say at this stage. Definitely under a $1000 and hopefully a lot less than that.
This is so exciting, I’ve been watching the bionics progress since 2017. Super excited for the release. It’s one of the things I’m looking most forward to.
Thanks for doing this Alex, you are literally changing lives.