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.
Roxxxy won't be available for delivery for several months, but Hines is
taking pre-orders through his Web site, TrueCompanion.com, where thousands
of men have signed up.
"They're like, 'I can't wait to meet her,' " Hines said. "It's almost like
the anticipation of a first date."
Women have inquired about ordering a sex robot, too. Hines says a female sex
therapist even contacted him about buying one for her patients.
Roxxxy has been like catnip to talk-show hosts since her debut at AEE, the
largest porn-industry convention in the country. In a recent monologue, Jay
Leno expressed amazement that a sex robot could carry on lifelike
conversations and express realistic emotions.
"Luckily, guys," he joked, "there's a button that turns that off."
Curious conventioneers packed Hines' AEE booth last month in Las Vegas,
asking questions and stroking Roxxxy's skin as she sat on a couch in a black