The world’s first “sex robot”, a life-size rubber doll called Roxxxy who can have real conversations with her owner, including about football, has been unveiled.
The dark-haired, negligee-clad, life-size robotic girlfriend comes complete with artificial intelligence and flesh-like synthetic skin.
Standing five feet, seven inches tall, the doll weighs 120 pounds, comes with five “personalities”, is “ready for action” her developers said.
Aspiring partners can customise her features, including race, hair colour and breast size.
Roxxxy, who can chat with her flesh-and-blood mate about subjects including Manchester United, also elicits comments depending on how she is touched.
The anatomically-correct robot, who can even snore, has an articulated skeleton that can move like a person but can’t walk or independently move its limbs.
There is Wild Wendy, who is outgoing and adventurous, Frigid Farrah, who is reserved and shy, a young unnamed doll with a naïve personality, “matriarchal kind of caring” Mature Martha and S & M Susan, who is geared for more adventurous types.
Coming with a laptop the doll, priced between US$7,000 to US$9,000, was unveiled at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas at the weekend.
Douglas Hines, the robot’s football loving inventor, said the real aim was to make the doll someone the owner can talk to and relate to.
“She can’t vacuum, she can’t cook but she can do almost anything else if you know what I mean,” the New Jersey-based artificial intelligence engineer said.
“She’s a companion. She has a personality. She hears you. She listens to you. She speaks. She feels your touch. She goes to sleep. We are trying to replicate a personality of a person.”
She is wirelessly linked to the internet for software updates, technical support and to send her man email messages, he said.
Mr Hines, from TrueCompanion, said the doll could carry out simple conversations and was designed to “know exactly what you like”.
“Sex only goes so far, then you want to be able to talk to the person,” he said.
“She knows exactly what you like. If you like Porsches, she likes Porsches. If you like soccer, she likes soccer.”
People’s customised personalities can be shared with other users online through his company’s website.
“Just think about wife or girlfriend swapping without actually giving the person to someone else,” he said.
Its robotic movement is built into “the three inputs” while a mechanical heart powers a liquid cooling system.
Mr Hines said it was not only a recreational innovation but also something that shy people with sexual dysfunction, and those who want to experiment without risk, could use.
In a 2007 book, “Love and Sex with Robots,” British chess player and artificial intelligence expert David Levy argues that robots will become significant sexual partners for humans, answering needs that other people are unable or unwilling to satisfy.
Inspiration for the sex robot sprang from the September 11, 2001 attacks, he said, where a friend died and he vowed to store his personality forever.
The sex robot is available in Europe and the United States and will eventually be available all over the world.
A male version of the doll, dubbed Rocky, is also planned.
by Harry Harper