It's no secret that Apple is clamping down on the term "Pod." Lawyers from everyone's favorite fruit company have gone after Web sites, products and magazines using the term "Pod" in their name. Who does Apple council have in their cross hairs next? Adult toy manufacturers.
You've probably been forwarded an email about the OhMiBod - who's slogan is "A whole new way to Plug 'N Play" - and snickered a bit. The iPod accessory's Web site teases:
Simply plug OhMiBod into your iPod or any music player and it automatically vibrates to the rhythm and intensity of the music. Let your body feel the vibrations as you get down with your favorite tunes.
There's another adult iPod accessory coming to market in Japan, and Apple isn't snickering. gPod is something that can probably be best described as an "adult toy" that attaches to an iPod and vibrates to the music being played. You can probably use your imagination from there.
Ichiro Kameda is the president of a two-man company in Osaka, Japan that plans to market the gPod. The Mainichi Daily News reports that Kameda is embroiled in a bitter legal battle with Apple over the name of his device although he has a patent on it:
Though the Japanese Patent Agency gave him the right to use the devise in August last year, and the trademark he chose for the product was approved two months later, he still hasn't been able to sell. The problem? He called the product the gPod, presumably after the G-Spot and jii, the Japanese word for masturbation. Kameda has since found out his choice of product name was like, well, taking a bite out of a rotten apple.Kameda defends the gPod as non-sexual:
Putting it simply, the fight is all over what I call our beat generator. There's a small device with three different, sound-activated motors. It's a revolutionary invention. You can plug it in to iPods or mobile phones. It can also be programmed to operate only for certain voices.I wonder why is Apple targeting gPod, when OhMiBod and iBuzz have been around forever? iBuzz prominently markets its product as "the music activated iPod sex toy" and even has sexy parodies of Apple's silhouette iPod ads on their site.