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The vibrator has never been the smartest device on a woman's nightstand.

They vary in size, shape, and color, but most controls are limited to speed. Some you even have to keep plugged into the wall — the horror!

Fortunately, a new smart vibrator by French internet-of-things startup E.Sensory, introduces 50 shades of innovation into the teledildonics, or smart sex toy, space.

The Little Bird is a cute, egg-shaped vibrator that connects to your phone via Bluetooth and syncs with erotic fiction e-books available for purchase on E.Sensory's app. As the user reads, she can touch the words on screen — or blow on the phone, if her hands are otherwise occupied — to trigger a sequence of vibrations that go along with the story.

E.Sensory engineers choreograph the vibration sequences based on the author's instructions, though the company plans to roll out a publishing platform in the next few months so authors can enhance their own texts.

The Little Bird may be preordered today, and the app launches in March.

little bird 2x1 smart vibratorB.Sensory and Melia Robinson/Tech InsiderConcept art of the Little Bird.

When the Little Bird debuted at CES in Las Vegas earlier this month, I saw many convention-goers (mostly male) gawking at the device and taking pictures on their phones.

However, a quick glance at Twitter shows genuine interest among the product's target customers: women.

The Little Bird offers more bang for your buck than most vibrators.

Available for preorder for $99 (which is about $30 cheaper than comparable models by top-selling brand LELO), the Little Bird boasts 10 vibration settings and 90 minutes of continuous use on a single charge. The user can fire it up with or without a reading supplement, and may vary, replay, or stop the vibration sequence at any point.

It's compatible with both iOS and Android devices, and may be controlled remotely from the app should the user want to pass off the controls to a long-distance partner.

Christel Le Coq, creator and CEO of E.Sensory, says the device could help foster a new era in porn.

fifty shades of greyChuck Zlotnick/Universal Studios and Focus Features"Fifty Shades of Grey" forever changed the erotic fiction genre.

"Porn movies are only explicit images that [leave] no room for fantasy," Le Coq says. "Reading erotica stimulates both your mind and body by appealing to the most erogenous zone of the body — the brain.

"When you read, you have the ability to fill in all the details you want with your imagination," she continues. "It lets you be part of the characters' lives." 

While Little Bird aims to shake up the routine for single ladies and couples, Le Coq explains it does have its limits.

"Our idea has always been to offer new experiences and to enhance relationships that already exist or create new ones," Le Coq says. "It was never a replacement of human interaction."