Where's My Sexbot?
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A staple of science fiction novels and movies, sexbots are not a new concept, but they have never come as close to actualization as Roxxxy, the moving sex doll. Roxxxy, and male version, Rocky, are a step forward, although they are still far from Jude Law in "A.I." or Kelly LeBrock in "Weird Science." But with a billion-dollar online pornography industry driving technology and sexuality closer together, Roxxxy and Rocky may just be the first in a line of more and more evolved sexbots.
Roxxxy can hold a conversation, can be customized based on needs and desires but she still needs to be plugged in at night and you'll have to carry her around the house if you want to use her in different rooms of the house.
The science behind Roxxxy did not grow out of the adult entertainment industry , but rather healthcare robotics, according to Douglas Hines, founder of True Companion, the company that produces the robots. The initial algorithms that power Roxxxy were used in healthcare robots that can provide at-home healthcare. The military is also interested in some of the technology from TC Systems, which is a separate arm of the company that makes Roxxxy, for applications like unmanned ground vehicles.
"This is very complicated stuff," said Hines, who is an engineer by training. "We pull experience from Lockheed Martin, from healthcare robotics . We have machinists, sculptors and software engineers. It's very, very expensive."
The robots retail for about $2,500 to $7,000, weigh about 60 pounds, and come with a range of customized personality traits. The company matches customized personalities, ranging from "Farrah" and "Wild Wendy," to users through a Match.com-like questionnaire filled out by customers.
The full-loaded version has voice recognition and a range of conversation options, where as the lower cost model is only capable of talking dirty. Roxxxy can download information about the news of the day, then make small talk with you when you get home from a long day at work. Other similar products on the market have a prerecorded lexicon, but can't generate conversation on the fly. She can also move her arms and legs and her heartbeat will speed up when you get her excited by touching strategically-placed sensors.
If you miss your sex robot while you're at work, no problem. You can email her or text her. Hines said that although some people get the robots just for sex, many customers want more they want something they can also talk to.
"The biggest thing is we provide unconditional love and understanding," Hines told InnovationNewsDaily. "I realize it's a robot, but it allows you to interact unfiltered."
Hines insists that at the end of the day, Roxxxy and Rocky are the most sophisticated sex robots on the market because they provide much more than carnal pleasure.
"It's not meant to be just a sexual machine," he said. "We're not looking to replace human-to-human interaction. We're looking to complement that."