Firm unveils X-rated robot (Update)

Engineer-inventor Douglas Hines adjusts the head of his company's "True Companion" sex robot, Roxxxy
Engineer-inventor Douglas Hines adjusts the head of his company's "True Companion" sex robot, Roxxxy, at the booth at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Roxxxy the sex robot had a coming out party Saturday 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 in Las Vegas.

"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 AFP to 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 color and breast size. A male sex robot named "Rocky" is in development.

People ordering the robots online at detail 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 varying 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 September 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 as not only a recreational innovation but 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 dollars, depending on features. The sex robot is available in Europe and the United States and will eventually be available globally, according to Hines.

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Jan 09, 2010
Inspiration for the sex robot sprang from the September 11, 2001 attack


And, yeah, the best thing for shut-ins is to give them one less reason to leave the house.

Jan 10, 2010
Roxxxy comes with five personalities...... Sounds more like the real deal every minute.

Jan 10, 2010
..."You lost your virginity to a robot?", Other person - "WHAT?... Oh wait. That doesn't count." Retort - "Yes...well...9/11."

Jan 10, 2010
Hmm...A girlfriend with an Off button. Just remember kids, if you play around with your Borg girlfriend, use protection so that you don't catch Rust Herpes.

Jan 10, 2010
This is awesome! Now they just need to make them be able to vacuum and cook and that would be epic! Real women are soooo 20th century!

Jan 11, 2010
does she clean herself, i mean no one is gonna be scared that she will become reverse gear wouldnt even be an option.

Jan 11, 2010
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Jan 11, 2010
We're waiting for the first case where your robot girlfriend phones the factory to ask whether she can have a better companion please. Of course, robot girlfriends need to be supplied with their companion's instruction manual too - where to find this and that, and what to do if it's missing, etc.

Jan 12, 2010
Not sure I can get my head around the idea of others banging a deceased ex... nor is it much of a tribute... but what extras come for 2000 bucks?

Jan 15, 2010
I very much recommend the Matt Groening Futurama segment entitled "Don't Date Robots". It's very pertinent to this discussion. Here's a youtube video link:

The audio is from the Futurama cartoon, and the video is from a bunch of Anime. It makes me think that I'll wait for the Japanese model sex robot before I make any buying decisions.

Feb 08, 2010
this put new meaning to dating

Mar 03, 2010
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