ARIS is a sleeve for transgender men with a neophallus. The product will be sold online in various colours and sizes from 2023. Visualization: Stella Waldvogel

Stella Waldvogel, what is ARIS?

ARIS is a sleeve for people with a surgically shaped penis. Since the neophallus has no erectile tissue, ARIS is placed over it to stiffen it before penetration. Currently, the only options are a penile prosthesis, which needs to be implanted, and sleeves, which are very thick and restrict sensation. The idea for the product arose in 2019 when a friend of mine, a transgender man, asked me whether I could develop something that would allow him and others with a neophallus to penetrate without having to undergo painful and risky implantation. I developed the concept for ARIS in my bachelor’s thesis in industrial design. It was tested by a medical engineer and me for its safety and compatibility for the wearer and others and adapted accordingly.

ARIS will launch in 2023, as the first IYSO product. The company develops products for people unable to use existing sex toys. The reasons include having no feeling in their genitals, having limited hand mobility or none at all, or that they have undergone transition, with their genitals changing due to hormones or operations. ISYO wants to revolutionize the sex toy industry and make sexuality accessible to all bodies and gender identities.

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ARIS is supported by the Z-Kubator’s funding programme What’s next_Project. The programme enables ZHdK members to link projects from the arts, education and design with entrepreneurial strategies. The program is sponsored by the Zürcher Kantonalbank.
Stella Waldvogel ( graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial design in 2021 and has since been developing ARIS for ISYO.
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