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Sex robot unveiled in Vegas

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

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.

Roxxxy Is The World’s First Sex Robot

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Imagine the girl of your dreams. She’s perhaps 5 foot 7 inches tall, weighs 120 pounds, has dark, lustrous hair, looks great in a negligee, is always ready for action, and loves to talk about football. That’s the exact description of Roxxxy, the world’s first sex robot. Except for, you know, the being alive part.
This life-size rubberized robot is not your typical blow-up sex doll. Oh, no. Roxxxy, you see, has a personality. Roxxxy can chat with you about your favorite topics like beer and football.

Roxxxy is anatomically correct, if you know what I mean and I think you do. She has an articulated skeleton that moves like a person, but she can’t walk or move her limbs independently.
These sexbots come with various personalities. Wild Wendy is adventurous and outgoing while Mature Martha is for those who lust after MILFs. Then there’s S&M Susan who’s ready for some domination and Frigid Farah who is reserved. Why you would want to spend money on a sex robot that’s frigid is another question altogether.
Roxxxy comes with her own laptop and is connected to the Internet so she can send you loving emails throughout the day.
The doll is made by True Companion LLC, a New Jersey company, and made its debut at the recent Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas.

You can customize each doll’s race, hair color, and of course, the breast size. Roxxxy is expected to go on sale for $7,000 to $9,000.

On the drawing board: “Rocky”, a male version of the sexbot.
If you’re not completely weirded out by now, you can check out all the sexbot action at TrueCompanion.com.

TrueCompanion - 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

Inventor unveils $7,000 talking sex robot

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

By Brandon Griggs, CNN

Inventor Douglas Hines with Roxxxy, his computerized sex robot that can carry on a conversation and

have a simulated orgasm.

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. And she’ll have sex whenever you please — as long as her battery doesn’t run out.

Meet Roxxxy, who may be the world’s most sophisticated talking female sex robot. For $7,000, she’s all yours.

“She doesn’t vacuum or cook, but she does almost everything else,” said her inventor, Douglas Hines, who unveiled Roxxxy last month at the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lifelike dolls, artificial sex organs and sex-chat phone lines have been keeping the lonely company for decades. But Roxxxy takes virtual companionship to a new level.

Powered by a computer under her soft silicone “skin,” she employs voice-recognition and speech-synthesis software to answer questions and carry on conversations. She even comes loaded with five distinct “personalities,” from Frigid Farrah to Wild Wendy, that can be programmed to suit customers’ preferences.

“There’s a tremendous need for this kind of product,” said Hines, a computer scientist and former Bell Labs engineer.

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This one’s for you, John, or “I built a sex robot in your memory

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

January 11, 2010 by James Bradley

I’m sure more than a few of you will have seen the story out of this week’s Adult Entertainment Expo about the launch of TrueCompanion’s “anatomically consistent” artificial intelligence-driven sex robot, Roxxxy.

I’m reasonably unmoved by the story itself: sex robots aren’t new, and I think it’s safe to assume they’ll grow more sophisticated and lifelike in years to come (if you’d like to know more you might want to check out Shouting to hear the echoes as an introduction to the wild and wonderful world of Synthetiks).

But there’s a detail buried in The Sydney Morning Herald’s coverage of the launch which had me choking on my muesli. Apparently:

“Inspiration for the sex robot sprang from the September 11, 2001 attacks. ‘I had a friend who passed away in 9/11,’ [Roxxxy's creator, Douglas Hines] said. ‘I promised myself I would create a program to store his personality, and that became the foundation for Roxxxy True Companion’.”

Now, quite aside from the fact this is pretty much the plot of Caprica (which I’ll be reviewing in the next couple of weeks), am I wrong in thinking there’s something splendidly weird about the idea of creating a sex robot to commemorate a friend’s passing? And, if we wanted to get all psychological for a moment, that there’s something about the way the idea mixes up subject and object (literally and metaphorically) which goes to the heart of pornography and the sex industries more generally? Or is it just that Marx was right all along, and all history, no matter how dreadful, is eventually and inevitably reborn as farce?

Roxxxy the Sexy Robot a World First

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE JANUARY 11, 2010

Roxxxy the sex robot had a coming out party on the weekend in Sin City.

In what is billed as a world first, a life-size robotic girlfriend complete with artificial intelligence and flesh-like synthetic skin was introduced to adoring fans at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo.

“She can’t vacuum, she can’t cook but she can do almost anything else if you know what I mean,” TrueCompanion’s Douglas Hines said while introducing Roxxxy.

“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 stands five feet, seven inches tall, weighs 120 pounds, “has a full C cup and is ready for action,” according to Hines, who was an artificial intelligence engineer at Bell Labs before starting TrueCompanion.

The anatomically correct robot has an articulated skeleton that can move like a person but can’t walk or independently move its limbs.

Robotic movement is built into “the three inputs” and a mechanical heart that powers a liquid cooling system.

Roxxxy comes with five personalities. Wild Wendy is outgoing and adventurous, while Frigid Farrah is reserved and shy.

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