douglas hines, the dr. frankenstein of this story, created the life-size rubber doll over a period of 2 years. it can speak from an internal speaker and can be hooked up to the internet for updates and downloadable things like new phrases, personality traits, etc.
so it's like your ipod, but you stick your pee pee into it(or whatever).
hines says that he designed the doll more for "conversation" than sex, and that she can perform lifelike movements because "sex only goes so far – then you want to be able to talk to the person."
unfortunately, hines forgot that "persons" can move their heads back and forth, blink their eyes, and their lips move when they speak--none of which are part of the sex doll's repertoire.
according to hines, the major inspiration for this project was his friend's death in the september 11th terror attacks. he originally wanted to preserve his friend's personality so that his children would be able to interact with him. he thought "hey, maybe i'll create a health care aide for the elderly."
but making the lives of the elderly better = waaaaay to much paperwork. on to different markets.
"the sex robot thing is marketing – it's really about making a companion," hines says. a life partner, even.
"she can't vacuum, she can't cook but she can do almost anything else if you know what i mean.”(unless you want her to move her limbs because she would do anything for love, but she won't do 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."
unlike real women, your doll knows "exactly what you like" and "if you like porsche, she likes porsche. if you like soccer, she likes soccer."
the doll also comes with a bonus that a lot of "real life" partners do not: you can download your doll's custom personality online and other users around the world can try her out!
that means if i have a genius idea--like programming my robot girlfriend to cry when we have "sex"--i can send that out to every other user. i create her personality for distribution and, ultimately, the sexual gratification of perfect strangers.
actually, i found most respectful how they displayed "roxxxy" at the convention. i mean, this doll is really not a sex doll-- she's a companion-- and so displaying her in skimpy lingerie with her legs spread wide open was a really classy move.
i feel like probably the theme song of the true companion doll(that's the official name) should be the song "true companion" by marc cohn:
Could keep you safe from me
My arms are reaching out
Out across this canyon
I'm asking you to be my true companion
So don't you dare and try to walk away
I've got my heart set on our wedding day
I've got this vision of a girl in white
Made my decision that it's you alright
And when I take your hand
I'll watch my heart set sail
I'll take my trembling fingers
And I'll lift up your veil
Then I'll take you home
And with wild abandon
Make love to you just like a true companion"
music.. for when there truly are no words.