Hines believes that Roxxxy is a step above other love dolls -- the similar but mute Real Doll costs about ,500 -- because her conversational abilities provide something close to emotional companionship. Shy, awkward or older men who "have trouble meeting girls," he says. True Companion claims that more than 4,000 men have placed pre-orders for Roxxxy robots, and another 20,000 or so have requested information about the product.In an industry known for pushing the technological envelope, observers are curious about how Roxxxy will fare in the marketplace. Yes," said Sherri Shaulis, an editor at Adult Video News, a trade magazine for the pornographic industry. True Companion also is developing a male sex robot, named Rocky.Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) -- To some men, she might seem like the perfect woman: She's a willowy 5 feet 7 and 120 pounds.She'll chat with you endlessly about your interests.Hines says a female sex therapist even contacted him about buying one for her patients.Roxxxy has been like catnip to talk-show hosts since her debut at AEE, the largest porn-industry convention in the country.Adrian David Cheok, Professor of Pervasive Computing at London’s City University, has been refining a device called a Kissinger: a set of pressure-sensitive artificial lips that can transmit a kiss from a real mouth to a similar device owned by a partner who might be thousands of miles away.The Kissinger system has been in development for about eight years, with the latest model designed to plug into a smartphone.
"Luckily, guys," he joked, "there's a button that turns that off." Curious conventioneers packed Hines' AEE booth last month in Las Vegas, asking questions and stroking Roxxxy's skin as she sat on a couch in a black negligee.
"Roxxxy generated a lot of buzz at AEE," said Grace Lee, spokeswoman for the porn-industry convention.
"The prevailing sentiment of everyone I talked to about Roxxxy is 'version 1.0,' but people were fascinated by the concept, and it caused them to rethink the possibilities of 'sex toys.' " Hines, a self-professed happily married man from Lincoln Park, New Jersey, says he spent more than three years developing the robot after trying to find a marketable application for his artificial-intelligence technology.
To create her shape, a female model spent a week posing for a series of molds.
The robot runs on a self-contained battery that lasts about three hours on one charge, Hines says.
Roxxxy also has sensors in her hands and genital areas -- yes, she is anatomically correct -- that will trigger vocal responses from her when touched. When someone speaks to Roxxxy, her computer converts the words to text and then uses pattern-recognition software to match them against a database containing hundreds of appropriate responses.