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article image$7,000 adult sex robot unveiled

By Michael Bearak     Feb 19, 2010 in Technology
In an effort to push the envelope of adult technology, Douglas Hines has developed a talking sex robot. For $7,000, Hines is taking per-orders for his invention.
Meet Roxxxy, a 5'7", 120-pound sex doll. The difference between her and other dolls is that she will talk with you about your interests.
According to a CNN report, Roxxxy is the most sophisticated talking female sex doll.
Inventor Douglas Hines is already taking pre-orders after unveiling her at the Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) in Las Vegas last month.
Hines is a former Bell Labs engineer and computer scientist. He claims there is plenty of demand for the doll.
Roxxxy uses voice-recognition and speech-synthesis software in order to have conversations and answer questions. Depending on the customer's preference, she has five pre-loaded "personalities", from Frigid Farrah to Wild Wendy.
The driving force for the eventual development of Roxxxy was that Hines was looking for a marketable application for his artificial-intelligence technology. After three years of development, Hines developed Roxxxy.
The doll is made using the same materials from which prosthetic limbs are made. It's hypoallergenic silicone molded over a rigid skeleton. To make the doll, Hines had a model pose for week.
The doll also comes with a pump that pushes warm air through tubes that run throughout her body. She has sensors in various parts of her body that elicit a verbal response when touched. She can also shudder to simulate an orgasm.
Grace Lee, the spokeswoman for the AEE convention said, "Roxxxy generated a lot of buzz at AEE."
Roxxxy runs off a battery that, when fully charged, lasts for about three hours. She plugs into the wall to recharge and the cord connects to her back.
TV host Jay Leno found the doll interesting, particularly the part that allows it to carry on a real conversation. Still it didn't stop the funny-man from saying, "Luckily, guys, there's a button that turns that off."
A computer inside of the doll converts words to text. Then, using pattern-recognition software, it matches them against a pre-loaded database of hundreds of responses.
According to Hines, everything you tell her is processed. "It is very near real time, almost without delay," he said.
Roxxxy is a sex robot built by the New Jersey-based company TrueCompanion.
Roxxxy is a sex robot built by the New Jersey-based company TrueCompanion.
Photo courtesy TrueCompanion
For an additional fee Hines' company TrueCompanion can record additional dialogue to customize it to the buyer's preferences -- like NASCAR, politics or whatever you are interested in.
Right now the doll comes only in English, but TrueCompanion is working on a both a Spanish-speaking version and a Japanese one.
Hines claims to have more than 4,000 pre-orders and an additional 20,000 information requests. A female sex therapist even inquired about getting one for her patients.
TrueCompanion has now started developing a male sex robot named "Rocky."
"There's really nothing like this on the market," said Hines.
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