Technology will never fail to amaze and baffle us in equal measure, as contraptions get more and more advanced – just like this machine in China, which is being used to help men donate sperm.
The footage of the machine in action has gone viral for obvious reasons – largely because it’s a pretty bizarre sight to behold, but also because it’s a potential solution for men who struggle with masturbation, or find the idea of going into a room to, erm, pleasure themselves into a plastic cup to be a little unnerving, or those
The clip has been doing the rounds on social media, where one person quipped: “If you build it, they will come.”
Someone else pondered: “I mean, does it put all the, er, ‘output’ together? Like a sperm smoothie or something?”
A third wrote: “I feel sorry for who ever has to clean these machines.”
The ‘automatic sperm extractor’ machines feature a lubricated pipe, which resembles a ‘female organ’ and massages and stimulates the penis to simulate sexual intercourse.
According to the Sun, the machines have been made by a Chinese company following concerns from the country’s government over a severe shortage of sperm donations.
Recently, state-run media asked volunteers to ‘show their compassion’ and ‘help mitigate the country’s ageing problem’, but many prospective donors were apparently put off by the thought of doing so in a clinical environment.
“Hospitals mostly use masturbation as their collection method without providing a venue or equipment,” inventor Ding Guijiang told Reuters.
“This makes collecting sperm on site very difficult. We invented an automatic sperm extractor which is also user friendly.
“First of all it stimulated a female organ and then replicates the physical movements of sexual intercourse by moving back-and-forth.”
The Jiangsu Sanwe Medical Science and Technology centre sells around 10,000 of the unusual machines every year, each costing £5,000.
Many of these are reportedly also shipped to the US, Germany, Russia and France.
What will they think of next, eh?