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.The data about possible sexual relationships with robots was gathered as part of a wider survey looking at German attitudes to sex.It found that Germans are 'very ready' to try new sexual experiences."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.' " Hines, a self-professed happily married man from Lincoln Park, New Jersey, says he spent more than three years developing the robot after trying to find a marketable application for his artificial-intelligence technology.
Hines believes that Roxxxy is a step above other love dolls -- the similar but mute Real Doll costs about ,500 -- because her conversational abilities provide something close to emotional companionship. Shy, awkward or older men who "have trouble meeting girls," he says. True Companion claims that more than 4,000 men have placed pre-orders for Roxxxy robots, and another 20,000 or so have requested information about the product.
The most common reason cited by women was that they needed confirmation that other men still found them attractive.
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.