As Told by Dave Lampert:
What we now call Sybian had its conception in the tunnels of my mind in the early 1970s.
Over the next few years, I thought of it often and wondered why someone had not produced it. In 1979 I made a brief attempt at contacting an engineer and two other specialists; however, I was quickly discouraged and set it aside.
In early 1983 I presented my idea to a lady physician who encouraged me to pursue it further. That summer we spent two weeks traveling the Midwest talking to anyone who had any knowledge of sexual devices. We were trying to see if we could find anything that was similar to my conception. On the trip we went to every adult bookstore we could find. We visited wholesale as well as retail establishments. No one knew of anything similar, so the project moved forward.
Over the next 18 months we purchased and read many books to acquaint ourselves with what was going on in the field of sex research and counseling. We spent time trying to find people who could help us, we interviewed several engineers but to no avail. We were having trouble getting started.
In very early 1985, we found a machine shop that had the viewpoint “parts are parts,” and they produced our first very crude prototype without being told what they were making. I designed it and had it built primarily to prove the concept. The housing was sheet metal supported by a wooden frame. The vibration was achieved by placing a regular hand vibrator through an opening in the housing. The principle behind the rotation was not that different from what we use today.