The term teledildonics usually refers to the use of computer-mediated software and hardware to facilitate remote sex between two (or more) people. Teledildonics could be considered an extension of cybersex that brings in a tactile interaction between two people.
Teledildonics may be in real time (as in two people controlling each others' sex toys while communicating via voice, text, and/or video), or it might include the sending of information that can be downloaded and accessed at a later date, but still includes an element of one person reaching out and touching another through a combination of software and hardware.
Author Howard Rheingold provided the first substantial discussion of teledildonics in his 1991 book Virtual Reality . According to Rheingold, the term teledildonics was coined by Internet pioneer Ted Nelson, who also coined the term “hypertext." Nelson used the term “dildonics” to describe this patent filed by How Wachspress for an “audiotactile stimulation and communications system," which essentially converted sound into tactile sensations.
While there have been a dozen or so attempts to create teledildonic devices, most writing about teledildonics remains theoretical and in the realm of science fiction. This is not to say that someone won’t eventually devise a reasonably priced, easy to use, form of teledildonics that will become a commercial success.