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The world's first smart vibrator might be a much-desired hit.

The Lioness could fall into the category of a wearable, which is a device that tracks health and fitness. Think of it as a Fitbit for the vagina.

Liz Klinger introduced the Lioness in an Indiegogo campaign in April 2016.

The campaign had raised $134,481 as of Tuesday afternoon, surpassing its initial goal of $50,000.

The Indiegogo site describes the device as "a vibrator designed to help you learn about your body's sexual response. Discover things you never knew about your own, unique body—what you like, dislike, and would like but don't know yet."

Data from each session can be viewed and analyzed on an Android or iOS device.

The Lioness has sensors that detect temperature, motion, and pressure, so the user can see the data that illustrates what gets the job done, so to speak.

The Lioness gets 16 hours of battery life per charge. It costs $229, excluding shipping costs.

Klinger discussed the device with Newsweek, while showing a graph of data from a Lioness on her iPhone:

"The graph measures pelvic floor movement against time in seconds. You're able to see these different sessions over time, and you can see the sort of pattern you have during an orgasm." The app also animates users' orgasms (pulsating circles), enables women to keep a sex diary (to track alcohol or coffee consumption, or how they're feeling during a session), and even suggests new ways to use the vibrator based on one's arousal patterns compared with other users' data (as a press release put it, "Other people who have this orgasm pattern seem to enjoy tilting the Lioness upward").

Technology in the bedroom is nothing new. About half of all American women use vibrators, according to a 2009 study of 3,800 women between 18 and 60 years old by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Whether smart vibrators will revolutionize women's sexual lives is up for debate.

The Lioness might be useful for women who have problems reaching orgasm because they can learn from the feedback, clinical psychologist and sexual health expert Leslie Schover told Mashable.

"But for a normal woman, I don't know what value it is," she said.

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