Whilst we were busy being wowed by all the gadgets at CES last week, another convention in Las Vegas was engaging audiences with some high tech of its own: Roxxxy, not exactly a robot girlfriend but a human-shaped robot sex toy.
Douglas Hines, president of Roxxxy manufacturer TrueCompanion, unveiled the unusual robot at the Adult Entertainment Exposition, but far from being a fully functioning robot companion Roxxxy cannot walk or independently move her limbs – she has three "inputs" and is apparently good at listening.
Hines said of his anatomically correct creation: "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."
Roxxxy has been in development for almost two decades, according to TrueCompanion, and has a mechanical heart that powers a cooling system beneath the lifelike synthetic flesh exterior.
While the display model sported a dark brown wig and scanty negligee, Hines said that Roxxxy comes in different hair and skin colours and different-sized assets.
"She can’t vacuum, she can’t cook, but she can do almost anything else if you know what I mean." Lets just hope there aren’t any software glitches or hardware malfunctions during operation and if you see a secondhand one up for sale on eBay you’re probably best avoiding.
By Marie Boran
Photo: Don’t worry, she doesn’t look exactly like this …