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Sex doll that knows her football

Published 11/01/2010 | 07:03

Engineer Douglas Hines with 'world's first sex robot' Roxxxy
Engineer Douglas Hines with 'world's first sex robot' Roxxxy
Engineer Douglas Hines with 'world's first sex robot' Roxxxy

A US company claims it has developed "the world's first sex robot" which can converse with the owner - even about Manchester United.

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At a demonstration at the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas on Saturday, the dark-haired, negligee-clad robot said "I love holding hands with you" when it sensed that its creator touched its hand.

But it's not all good clean fun. Another action, this one unprintable, elicited a rather different vocal response from Roxxxy the robot.

The level of sophistication demonstrated was not beyond that of a child's talking toy, but life-size rubber doll Roxxxy has a lot more brains -- there's a laptop connected to cables coming out of its back.

It has touch sensors at, well, strategic locations, and can sense when it is being moved. But it cannot move on its own, not even to turn its head or move its lips. The sound comes out of an internal loudspeaker.

Engineer Douglas Hines, founder of Lincoln Park, New Jersey-based True Companion, said Roxxxy could carry on simple conversations. The real aim, he said, was to make the doll someone the owner can talk to and relate to.

"Sex only goes so far -- then you want to be able to talk to the person," Mr Hines said.

The phrases that were demonstrated were pre-recorded, but the robot will also be able to synthesise phrases out of pre-recorded words and sounds, Mr Hines says. The laptop will receive updates over the internet to expand the robot's capabilities and vocabulary.

Since Mr Hines is a football fan, it can already discuss Manchester United, he says. It snores, too. Owners will also be able to select different personalities for Roxxxy, from Wild Wendy to Frigid Farrah, Mr Hines said.

He is charging somewhere from £4,375 to £5,625 for the robot, including the laptop, and expects to start shipping in a few months.

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