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This iPod accessory always plays good vibrations

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The OhMiBod, which allows anyone to play a solo.
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Joe "Boots Stoneleigh" Brown

It's no accident that there's plenty of what they used to call synergy between the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo and the much-larger CES gadget fest down the hall -- a captive audience of geeks and gadget hounds who like to, well, entertain themselves at home.

But the preponderance of products and technology at both shows are directed primarily toward men.

At the AVN Expo, I met a woman who boldly builds a bridge for the women. New Hampshire entrepreneur Suki Dunham is the founder of OhMiBod, which is basically a colorful rubberized vibrator that attaches to your iPod and moves as the beat, pulse, throb and swell of the music dictates.

"The volume wheel controls the intensity of the vibrations," says Dunham, who notes that the device may be operated manually. "In case your iPod runs out of juice, you can still finish the job."

(Um, Suki, iPod batteries can last up to 12 hours of continuous play, last time I checked. I'm just saying.)

There are several models, including the OhMiBod classic, a G-Spot version, the newest NaughtiBod, which comes in eight colors to match the new iPod Nanos. Coming soon: the wireless version, which will be called FreeStyle.

Dunham says Justin Timberlake's "Sexyback" has proven effective for her; she notes that you can obtain customized playlists from OhMiBod users on the iTunes Store (search for Club Vibe). We might also suggest "I've Got the Music in Me."

So just what does it take for a song to go to Number One on a vibrator?

"It's keyed off the midrange, when there's a change in the music. Heavy metal is more difficult on an OhMiBod, just because the dynamics stay pretty steady. So if you visualize an equalizer going like this," Dunham says, waving her hand up and down fairly rapidly, "you're probably gonna have a great OhMiBod experience."

Which means that show tunes, for instance -- the cast album for Mamma Mia, maybe? -- might have more erotic potential than anyone suspected.

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