Huffington Post and Roxxxy TrueCompanion

Can Loving a Robot Lead to Divorce?

Read Vicki Larson’s Article about this topic and our Roxxxy TrueCompanion Sex Robot on the Huffington Post Website:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vicki-larson/robots_1_b_1150679.html

True Companion Unveils New Roxxxy Along with Additional Features

True Companion is announcing the release of their new Roxxxy TrueCompanion sex robot.

Her new features include:

  • A Beautiful New Face
  • Light Design – 60 pounds
  • Motion of Legs, Head, Hips and Body to Create Outstanding Experience
  • Hands Which are Posable and Can Grip
  • Enhanced Detail of Skin and Lifelike Feel
  • Expanded Artificial Intelligence and Communication Abilities
  • Ability to Rent Her in Select Markets Initially and Additional Markets in the Future
  • Expanded Affiliate Reseller Program with Aggressive Margins for Revenue Sharing
  • Limited Time Reduction in Price, Down Below $7,000

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Red Hot Robots – Roxxxy and Rocky, the world’s first sex robots, are ready to leave the lab

By Susan Karlin  /  June 2010

It’s been a whirlwind 5 months for Douglas Hines, the self-professed computer geek who—after wading in obscurity for two decades in the computer-systems trenches—created a media frenzy with Roxxxy, the world’s first sex robot.

News outlets like Fox News, BBC, and CNN clamored for a shot of Roxxxy after her January unveiling at the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, while the Web site for his company, True Companion, logged 4.4 million hits. Roxxxy will be featured in the upcoming Discovery Health network documentary Sex Robot! And Hines has been fielding investor requests while simultaneously taking steps to expand and refine his product line with advanced facial animatronics, like blinking eyelids. It’s also been a bit scary—he’s had to dodge nutcases and even death threats.

“Look, I’m middle-aged, balding, and heavy,” says Hines, a 27-year IEEE member. “This was totally new to me. But it turns out there’s a big demand for this product, and we’re just swamped.”

For US $7000 to $9000 (based on customization) and a $40 monthly fee for tech support, Roxxxy offers patrons five preprogrammed preferences—gay, bisexual, lesbian, straight, and sadomasochistic—with such monikers as Wild Wendy, Frigid Farrah, and S&M Susan. Roxxxy is svelte and white, but Hines intends a future line of other races, ethnicities, and body types, not to mention additional faces for Roxxxy. A male version, Rocky, is planned by year’s end. “My wife wants to be a beta tester, which is just desserts for my spending time in the middle of the night with girls covered in silicone,” he says.

Hines devised the skin by encasing a woman—a fine-art model—in silicone and cutting the material away after it solidified. “Roxxxy has three inputs and motors where it counts,” explains Hines. “There’s a lot of heat buildup, so we installed a convection system. Other motors simulate a heartbeat and responsive gestures.”

Hines employed a voice-over artist to record the robot’s vocals—snoring, sleepy talk, and escalating orgasmic yelps—as well as a conversational mode programmed to discuss specific areas of interest. Roxxxy’s knowledge database starts with a customer’s answers to a preferences questionnaire of 400 questions. Then Roxxxy periodically uplinks to the home office wirelessly for upgrades and—based on the conversations between customer and robot—new information.

This isn’t your grandpa’s robot—although oddly enough the technology started out that way. Hines earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with a minor in computer science in 1988 from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, in Newark. He then spent 15 years developing system integration, phased-array radar, data mining, and artificial-intelligence software at nearby companies—most notably Bell Laboratories. He opened his own consultancy, Data Software Solutions, in Lincoln Park, N.J., in 2002. By then, he was caring for his elderly father. He set about designing a user-friendly, personality-infused robot to help with elder care. But Medicare wouldn’t fund it, and the liability insurance was too costly for health-care companies.

Then in 2006, a friend suggested the adult entertainment industry, which is “recession-proof and, except for some 3-D visual effects, had no innovation going on,” says Hines. “Plus, a robot can’t be pirated like DVDs”.

It took another four years, an undisclosed yet significant amount of his own money, and a staff of 19 machinists, sculptors, and welders to perfect the prototype. Meanwhile, Hines’s own fantasies for his product still concern the retail (customer help at mall kiosks), education (kids talking to a robotic Ben Franklin or Albert Einstein), and health industries. Recently, the U.S. Army approached Hines about building robots with circulatory systems for medics to better practice field medicine.

“After this came out, so many people came up to me and said, ‘I thought of that!’ But of course, no one’s done it,” Hines says, laughing. “My wife calls me the tinkerer. I just love to experiment.”

About the Author

Susan Karlin, based in Los Angeles, writes frequently for IEEE Spectrum about the intersection of entertainment and technology. She also contributes to The New York Times, Forbes, and Discover.

Sex robot unveiled in Vegas

FIJI Times ONLINE

LAS VEGAS – A New Jersey company says it has developed “the world’s first sex robot,” a life-size rubber doll that’s designed to engage the owner with conversation rather than lifelike movement.

At a demonstration at the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas on January 10, 2010, the dark-haired, negligee-clad robot said “I love holding hands with you” when it sensed that its creator touched its hand.

Another action, this one unprintable, elicited a different vocal response from Roxxxy the robot. The level of sophistication demonstrated was not beyond that of a child’s talking toy, but Roxxxy has a lot more brains than that – there’s a laptop connected to cables coming out of its back.

It has touch sensors at strategic locations and can sense when it’s being moved. But it can’t move on its own, not even to turn its head or move its lips.

The sound comes out of an internal loudspeaker.

Douglas Hines, founder of Lincoln Park, N.J.-based True Companion LLC, said Roxxxy can carry on simple conversations. The real aim, he said, is 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,” Hines said.

The phrases that were demonstrated were prerecorded, but the robot will also be able to synthesize phrases out of prerecorded words and sounds, Hines said.

The laptop will receive updates over the Internet to expand the robot’s capabilities and vocabulary. Since Hines is a soccer fan, it can already discuss Manchester United, he said. It snores, too.

Owners will also be able to select different personalities for Roxxxy, from “Wild Wendy” to “Frigid Farrah,” Hines said.

He’s charging somewhere from $7,000 to $9,000 for the robot, including the laptop, and expects to start shipping in a few months.

A Japanese company, Honey Dolls, makes life-size sex dolls that can play recorded sounds, but Roxxxy’s sensors and speech capabilities appear to be more sophisticated.

Hines’ goals are certainly more far-reaching. An engineer, Hines said he was inspired to create the robot after a friend died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

That got him thinking about preserving his friend’s personality, to give his children a chance to interact with him as they’re growing up.

Looking around for commercial applications for artificial personalities, he initially thought he might create a home health care aide for the elderly.

“But there was tremendous regulatory and bureaucratic paperwork to get through. We were stuck,” Hines said. “So I looked at other markets.”

The broader goal of the company is still to take artificial personalities into the mainstream, beyond sex toys, Hines said.

“The sex robot thing is marketing – it’s really about making a companion,” he said.

In a 2007 book, “Love and Sex with Robots,” British chess player and artificial intelligence expert David Levy argues that robots will become significant sexual partners for humans, answering needs that other people are unable or unwilling to satisfy.

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About TrueCompanion

Created in 2009, the world’s first sex robot is designed to be your ultimate companion.  Developed by Douglas Hines, an artificial intelligence engineer, Roxxxy has scientific artificial intelligence that allows her to interact with users.  She can talk and listen, carrying on a conversation with the user, and is able to feel a users touch.  Learn more at www.TrueCompanion.com

Robot sex doll

World’s first sex robot The world’s first robot girlfriend – a life size rubber doll who can have sex with her owner and even talk about football – has been unveiled.

Dark-haired, negligee-clad ‘Roxxxy’ comes complete with artificial intelligence and flesh-like synthetic skin, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Standing 5ft 7ins tall, the doll comes with five “personalities”, and is “ready for action” her developers said.

Wild Wendy is outgoing and adventurous, Frigid Farrah is reserved and shy, there’s a young unnamed doll with a naive personality, Mature Martha is matriarchal and caring, while S & M Susan is geared for more adventurous types.

Coming with a laptop the doll, priced between £4,350 and £6,000, was unveiled at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas at the weekend.

Douglas Hines, the robot’s football loving inventor, said the real aim was to make the doll someone the owner can talk to and relate to.

“She can’t vacuum, she can’t cook but she can do almost anything else if you know what I mean,” the New Jersey-based artificial intelligence engineer said.

Mr Hines, from TrueCompanion, said the doll could carry out simple conversations and was designed to “know exactly what you like”. “Sex only goes so far, then you want to be able to talk to the person,” he said. “She knows exactly what you like. If you like Porsches, she likes Porsches. If you like soccer, she likes soccer.”

The sex robot is available in Europe and the United States and will eventually be available all over the world. A male version of the doll, dubbed Rocky, is also planned.

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Roxxxy the Sexbot

True Companion’s Roxxxy the Sexbot – we just read off the cue cards here, folks — is a 120-pound, 5-foot, 7-inch mechanical with an anatomically-accurate mechanical skeleton hidden underneath real-feeling “flesh,” according to its maker.

“No matter how real she may feel, I can’t shake the thought that she’s a cross between Joan Jett and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, with a dash of Chrissy Hynde of the Pretenders thrown in for good measure,” says industry observer Brennon Slattery. Obviously she’s got your basic Rock Slut appeal.

Roxxxy debuted at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, yet another event we were not invited to, and at the show, Slattery says, “had a laptop plugged into her back.” No, sorry, we don’t have any pictures. We’ve seen the pictures, and trust us, actually seeing the robot makes it all just that much more pathetic.

But you’ll be glad to know she’s also Wi-Fi capable, and “her little quirks, like the way she holds your hand, can be shared with other sexbot owners through the True Companion Web site.”

Roxxxy has attitude, Slattery reports, “with several personality types you can elicit at the touch of a button: “Frigid Farrah is reserved and a bit chilly; Wild Wendy lives up to her name; S&M Susan, well, you know; and Mature Martha has that experienced thing goin’ on.”

Owners can also change Roxxxy’s hair color, cup size, race, and other characteristics until they get that perfect creature, Slattery reports, adding in the key observation: “However, you cannot take away the cold, dead stare.”

Her creators claim the sex aspect is mere marketing, that Roxxxy is “all about companionship,” probably in much the same way Las Vegas claims it’s all about family entertainment, not gambling, and guys say they read Playboy for the articles.

Slattery says Roxxxy’s built with technology that allows her to carry out simple conversations, and we can believe she would certainly be a more sprightly conversationalist than the majority of live women the sort of men who would fancy Roxxxy are used to.

Douglas Hines, the robot’s inventor, insists that “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.”

Prices will hover around $7,000 to $9,000, depending on “the level of customization,” Slattery says.