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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:
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
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.
Agence France-PresseJanuary 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.
There is a young naive personality along with a Mature Martha that Hines described as having a “matriarchal kind of caring.” S & M Susan is geared for more adventurous types.
Aspiring partners can customize Roxxxy features, including race, hair colour and breast size. A male sex robot named “Rocky” is in development.
People ordering the robots online at truecompanion.comdetail their tastes and interests much like online dating sites but, here, the information is used to get the mechanical girlfriend in synch with her mate.
“She knows exactly what you like,” Hines said of Roxxxy, noting that Rocky will also come with personalities.
“If you like Porsches, she likes Porsches. If you like soccer, she likes soccer.”
Roxxxy will chat with her flesh-and-blood mate, and touching her elicits comments that vary according to personalities.
She is wirelessly linked to the Internet for software updates, technical support and to send her man email messages.
People can customize “true companion” personalities and then share the programs with others online on the company’s website, according to Hines.
“Just think about wife or girlfriend swapping without actually giving the person to someone else,” Hines said. “You can share the personality online.”
Inspiration for the sex robot sprang from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, when planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon and an empty field in Pennsylvania.
“I had a friend who passed away in 9/11,” Hines said. “I promised myself I would create a program to store his personality, and that became the foundation for Roxxxy True Companion.”
Hines sees his creation not only as a recreational innovation but also as an outlet for the shy, people with sexual dysfunction, and those who want to experiment without risk.
Roxxxy versions are priced from $7,000 to $9,000 US, depending on features. The sex robot is available now in Europe and the U.S. and will eventually be available globally, Hines said.
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.
Student Life (Independent newspaper of Washington University in St.Louis)
To some, she may be the woman of their dreams. At 5 feet 7 inches and 120 pounds, her physique is slender, and she has strawberry-blonde tresses that caress her flawlessly smooth complexion. She is amiable, understanding and enjoys intelligent conversation, but perhaps her most redeeming character is her sexual submissiveness.
Her name is Roxxxy, and she is the world’s premiere female sex robot.
“She doesn’t vacuum or cook, but she does almost everything else,” said her inventor, Douglas Hines, who made Roxxxy’s debut in January at the Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) in Las Vegas, Nev.
The sex toy industry, globally worth more than $15 billion, has never seen anything like Roxxxy. There are blow-up dolls and other robots, but she is the closest replacement for true human companionship, and for $7,000 she will be someone’s friend forever.
Beneath her soft silicone skin, Roxxxy is enabled by a computer that features voice recognition and speech synthesis, among other software. The customer can even choose Roxxxy’s personality, as she comes preloaded with five different personalities like Rigid Farrah and Wild Wendy.
Hines, a computer scientist and former Bell Labs engineer, is a self-proclaimed happily married man from Lincoln Park, N.J., who merely wanted to find a marketable outlet for his artificial intelligence expertise.
Roxxxy will not be available for delivery for several months, but Hines is taking pre-orders through his Web site,
TrueCompanion.com, where 4,000 men have already signed up.
“They’re like, ‘I can’t wait to meet her,’” Hines said. “It’s almost like the anticipation of a first date.”
According to Grace Lee, spokeswoman for the AEE porn industry convention, Roxxxy garnered a lot of attention.
“Roxxxy generated a lot of buzz at AEE,” Lee said. “The prevailing sentiment of everyone I talked to about Roxxxy is ‘version 1.0,’ but people were fascinated by the concept, and it caused them to rethink the possibilities of ‘sex toys.’”
Roxxxy’s exterior is made from hypoallergenic silicone cast over a structural skeleton. Although she cannot move by herself, her body is pliable and can be bent into almost any position. Hines employed a female model to create Roxxxy’s anatomically perfect mold.
The robot functions on a rechargeable battery that lasts about three hours for every charge. The electrical cord plugs into her back.
Roxxxy is able to have conversations because when she “hears” someone speak, the computer converts the words to text and then cross-references it against a database of hundreds of fitting responses. Roxxxy’s selected response, which was prerecorded by an unidentified radio host, is then heard through a loudspeaker under her wig.
To date, Roxxxy is only available in English, but Hines is in the process of creating Japanese and Spanish versions in addition to a male version named Rocky. He can even personalize each Roxxxy for extra charge by recording specific dialogue as requested by the customer. In other words, one Roxxxy can be a movie buff while another is an expert in organic chemistry.
“Everything you say to her is processed. It’s very near real time, almost without delay,” Hines said of Roxxxy’s ability to talk. “To make it as realistic as possible, she has different dialogue at different times. She talks in her sleep.”
Roxxxy’s closest competitor in the U.S. is the Realdoll, which is cheaper (about $5,500) but mute. Hines believes that no other sex robot can offer the same emotional connection as a Roxxxy. His main target consumer group is socially awkward and older men who have trouble meeting women.
Although Roxxxy is a new product, the concept of wanting to increase sexual pleasure is not unique.
In the medical arena, vaginal cosmetic surgery to increase female pleasure is gaining popularity among women. Most of these surgeries are risky and uncovered by insurance, and have no published studies on their effectiveness, however.
One procedure is called Vaginal Rejuvenation and it comes with a price tag of approximately $7,000. It involves tightening of the vagina for older women who feel too loose to enjoy sex.
Another procedure is Labiaplasty, which costs around $6,000, and aims to correct the size or asymmetry of the inner or outer labia. Uneven lips are very common and normal, however.
Women can also have their hymen repaired for $5,000 to experience the feeling of losing virginity again.
With the advent of technological and medical innovation, attitudes toward sex in the 21st century are clearly far from what they used to be just five decades ago.
Considering all the advances in technology in the past twenty years or so, it was bound to happen and the second decade of this century has ushered in a a new “exotic toy.” Or is that “erotic” toy?
It’s been said that the brain/mind is the most important sex organ, and now a New Jersey company has developed the world’s first sex robot, one that focuses on appealing to the mind. Her name is Roxxxy and she hasn’t evolved much beyond the level of a child’s talking toy — yet. She has been designed to engage the owner in conversation rather than human-like motion.
She can’t move on her own. Her voice comes from an internal speaker. There is a laptop connected to cables coming out of her back. There are touch sensors at strategic locations so she can sense when she is being moved but can’t move on her own. She says, “I love holding hands with you” in response to her creator touching her hand.
Roxxxy’s creator is Douglas Hines, founder of True Companion LLC based in Lincoln Park, NJ and she was demonstrated at the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas on the 9th of this month. Prerecorded phrases were demonstrated but she will also be able to synthesize phrases out of prerecorded sounds, like the voice that gives you a phone number you have requested. The laptop will receive updates over the internet to expand Roxxxy’s vocabulary and capabilities. Hines is charging something like $7,000 to $9,000 including the laptop and expects to
start shipping in a few months. Buyers will be able to select different personalities, from “Wild Wendy” to “Frigid Farrah.”
Hines had a friend who died in the 9/11/2001 terror attacks and he was inspired to preserve his friend’s personality, to give the man’s children a chance to interact with him while they are growing up. While looking around for commercial applications for artificial personalities, he originally thought he would create a home health care aide for the elderly but was thwarted by the volume of paperwork to comply with regulatory and bureaucratic agencies’ requirements so he switched to a less stringent market.
“The sex robot thing is marketing – it’s really about making a companion,” Hines said.
In a 2007 book, “Love and Sex with Robots,” British chess player and artificial intelligence expert David Levy says robots will become significant sexual partners for humans, answering needs that other people are unable or unwilling to satisfy.
Would you ever buy a “Roxxxy”?