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Douglas Hines Presents Keynote Speech at AI World Forum

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Douglas Hines, the President of True Companion, was honored to deliver a keynote speech at the AI World Forum in Toronto, Canada.

The topic of his speech was “Sex Robots and the Future of Intimacy”

True Companion is the manufacturer of the World’s First Sex Robot, Roxxxy. True Companion’s humanoid robots utilize a proprietary AI platform called “Foundational AI” which is a robust machine learning AI engine that utilizes an easy to use natural language conversational interface. True Companion’s robots look and feel like a human, have emotion and may utilize one of many personalities, creating a unique, tailored experience for the customer.

In addition, Douglas is the managing member of TC Systems which is focused on partnering with industry and providing AI as well as robotic solutions.

Douglas worked at Bell Labs and several other organizations, providing assistance in the field of AI and machine learning. He and his team have assisted with many commercial and military systems and have applied AI and lessons learned in the fields of sex robots, healthcare systems, future weapons systems, human/machine interface, retail solutions as well as integrating AI into existing product offerings.

CNBC Article on Sex Robots – Interview with Douglas Hines

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

BBC Business News Interview with Douglas Hines of True Companion and TC Systems

Monday, September 14th, 2015

BBC Business News Interview with Douglas Hines of True Companion and TC Systems

BBC News Interview with Douglas Hines True Companion and TC Systems

BBC News Interview with Douglas Hines True Companion and TC Systems


Click here to listen to the interview


Sex robot unveiled in Vegas

Thursday, April 8th, 2010


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 the Sexbot

Friday, March 5th, 2010

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

Robot sex doll

Friday, March 5th, 2010

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.

Roxxxy the Sexbot

Friday, March 5th, 2010

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.

A decade of techno-sex: Look how far we’ve come

Friday, March 5th, 2010

By John Ozimek

(Some of the links in this story may be NSFW.)

If the last decade has seen major changes to legal and social attitudes towards sex and sexuality, a question that will have commentators engaged for some time to come is what role has been played in such change by technology.

Does technology lead the way, encouraging and enabling behaviours that would have had a previous generation blushing? Or does it merely follow on, reflecting trends that are already deeply embedded in society?

Nannying is definitely the order of the day – unless you have some “unnatural” predilection for being treated like a naughty schoolboy, in which case stop it this instant, young man.

Richard Longhurst of online sex toy purveyor Lovehoney is highly upbeat about what has been happening to the market, arguing that it is beginning to show “dangerous signs of maturity”.

Durex has transformed itself from boring contraceptive manufacturer into a sex lifestyle brand. Ann Summers has gone from 12 stores in 1997 to 120 today. Longhurt’s own organisation has gone from a standing start to shipping more than a thousand orders a day.

In other words, sex and sexual gismology is now mainstream as never before. Of course, when it comes to the mainstream, a great deal of everyday product is now manufactured in China.

However, the West – and Japan – continue to make waves when it comes to innovation. One notable feature of the adult trade is the appearance of “inventors” – often, men in their middle age, with degrees in engineering and a burning desire to resolve some issue of erotic ergonomics. Hence the “sqweel”, a new and frankly scary multi-tongued rotatory device and the we-vibe, which allegedly sets up “an erotic carrier wave” between clit and g-spot.

While women are now increasingly regular visitors to sex shops as purchasers of sexual gadgetry, men have benefited greatly from developments through the decade which, in turn, reflect a new approach to male eroticism. At base, most sex toys are about masturbation. A decade ago, the majority of male sex toys appeared to be designed as though such a purpose was quite incidental, with the primary focus being the creation of inflatable female shapes that fooled no one.

For those who really do like the idea of simulating sex with a partner who lies there and does nothing, it is now possible to up the erotic ante (and the price) by investing in some form of RealDoll. Even there, the technology is moving on apace, with German company First Androids announcing, late last year, the creation of a realistic sex android that has a pulse and appears to breathe.

Earlier this year, it was the turn of American inventor Douglas Hines, of True Companion, to introduce to the world Roxxxy, billed as the first sex doll with artificial intelligence. A pulse vs intelligence? It is reported that the manufacturers of the German doll have already received four million advance orders at just over £2,000 apiece.

For those unable to afford the four or even five-figure ticket for such items, it is now possible to purchase an anatomically correct blow-up sheep for a fraction of the price.

Sexpot turns Sexbot in Sin City

Friday, March 5th, 2010


When in Vegas, it’s always nice to come across a friendly face, which is why TG Daily was delighted to find Roxxxy the sex robot at the Adult Entertainment Expo this weekend, slumped on a couch looking a little fatigued from all the action.

Apparently a first of its kind, Roxxxy is not just ye-run-of-the-mill blow up sex doll – oh no – she actually has personality, and can even answer back, thanks to having been created with Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The female five foot seven robot, which makers True Companion claim to be “anatomically consistent with a person” is apparently “always turned on and ready to talk or play,” with a feverishly pumping mechanical heart and a cooling system lest things get too hot to handle.

As well as having freakishly realistic feeling skin and a svelte 120 pound physique, Roxxxy can also hear you, speak to you, ‘feel’ your touch and “carry on a conversation.”

True Companion boasts that simply by touching Roxxxy, the sexbot will make reassuring and friendly remarks to her “mate” based on his pre-programmed likes and dislikes and kept up to date by a wireless internet connection which ensures software updates and tech support are beamed directly to her pretty little head.

Of course, she didn’t seem particularly talkative with us, but perhaps that was the result of a particularly long and grueling day of men groping at her realistic looking C cups.

True Companion also boasts that Roxxxy, who can’t walk or mechanically move her own limbs, can even “have an orgasm,” although we have a strong suspicion she might be faking it.

Like many women, Roxxxy comes with multiple personalities – five to be precise; reserved and shy Frigid Farrah, outgoing and adventurous Wild Wendy, mistress of pain and pleasure S&M Susan, barely 18 ‘Young’ and experienced teacher Mature Martha.

To customize their rubber lipped partner further, punters can also change the doll’s facial features, cup size, race and hair colour. And a male model – Rocky – is purportedly under development too, although we hope he does more than grunt like the Stallone character.

Roxxxy users can also “share” their loose limbed libido ladies with their friends, by swapping the personalities back and forth online. “You can let your friends use your girlfriends for an unlimited period of time or only for a few days (for example, only through Saturday night!)” says True Companion.

To get your paws on a Roxxxy gal, however, you’ll have to shell out between $7,000 – $9,000 depending on personal customisation, plus a monthly subscription fee.

The sexbot is currently heating up shelves in both Europe and the US, with True Companion noting she will be also become available in other parts of the world.

Roxxxy the sexbot proving a popular gal

Friday, March 5th, 2010



Last month when TG Daily met Roxxxy the sexbot at Vegas’ Adult Expo, we were impressed at the softness of her hypoallergenic silicone skin, her anatomical correctness and her vacant, yet alluring expression – not dissimilar to that of most celebrities.

It seems TG Daily was not alone in its admiration, however, as “thousands of men” have now apparently pre-ordered the sexbot, with creator, Douglas Hines, a former Bell Labs engineer, telling CNN “They’re like, ‘I can’t wait to meet her,’ ” adding “It’s almost like the anticipation of a first date.”

Yes, almost. Except you won’t have to ply her with alcohol to have your wicked way with her, and picking her up literally involves physically picking the bandy legged lass up off the couch.

But Hines remains convinced that Roxxxy will not disappoint. “There’s a tremendous need for this kind of product,” he said.

Judging by the list of punters signing up for Roxxxy on, the list is not restricted to desperate anorak wearing men either. Women are also apparently curious to try a romp with Roxxxy, although some apparently pose as sex therapists, purchasing the doll for their clients. Uh-huh. Sure.

What makes Roxxxy a robotic cut above the rest of her sex doll kind is the fact she actually possesses artificial intelligence, which is more than can be said for a lot of people these days.

Indeed, Roxxxy can not only hold semi realistic conversations with her partners on a variety of pre-programed topics, but she can also express “realistic emotions,” which she utters in a voice prerecorded by an anonymous, deep throated radio host.

Wondering how Roxxxy would understand words softly spoken to her by her devoted companion? Well, in much the same way as real women, Roxxxy’s internal computer converts her lover’s sweet nothings into text then, using pattern-recognition software, she runs them against a database which lists “hundreds of appropriate responses.”

“Uh-huh, yes dear, pass the salt,” – that’s three years of R&D right there.

Of course, if the spark goes out of your romantic robotic love life, you may want to check on Roxxxy’s internal battery, which can be recharged by plugging her into a wall socket. After which, we’re sure she’ll live up to the energizer bunny slogan, with her mechanical heart pounding.

And for those who want a marital experience, Hines has ensured that Roxxxy – who doesn’t move on her own but can be contorted into convenient positions – even snores. Although if it gets too irritating, you could always turn that feature off. Or smother her with a pillow.

TrueCompanion has international plans for Roxxxy in the works too, with Spanish and Japanese versions on the way, as well as a woman pleasing Rocky doll.

And although Roxxxy won’t be slumping on shelves for a few months to come, she has already been pre-ordered 4,000 times and has another 20,000 suitors lined up wanting to know more.

“There’s really nothing like this on the market,” said Hines, who reckons his creation will appeal to Shy, awkward or older men who aren’t confident enough to meet real women.

“Whenever she’s out in public, everyone wants to talk to her and pose for pictures. It’s so cute,” he concluded.

Yes, cute. In a supremely creepy kind of way.