It's been just short of a year since I locked eyes with Harmony, Real Doll's first sex robot, at her home in Southern California.It was an arresting experience that has remained cemented in memory.For the most part, Harmony is the same robot that we saw last year, but the Realbotix app, which eager robophiles can be download now, now has a remote control mode.In our first demo, Harmony ran exclusively in autonomous mode, and while Mc Mullen says the remote control functionality may not make it into the consumer app, it would make for a sweet party trick.Samantha is one of the hyper-realistic dolls to be released into the growing market of lifelike sex dolls.Sergi Santos, the designer of the love machine Samantha, said the amorous android was so erotic that men were already developing real feelings for her.
ROBOT sex dolls are increasingly big business and manufacturers are claiming their products are so lifelike people are even marrying them.
Perched on a bust that could just as easily be used to display jewelry, she made small talk and recited a few dad jokes.
After a year of contemplation, I no longer felt the same uneasiness I had during our first encounter.
This, and other broad ethical concerns are currently swirling around robotics labs and in academic circles.
The sex-robot debate has even made its way to CES, but Mc Mullen remains wholly dedicated to his vision of delivering a sexualized humanoid -- albeit one that could be used for non-sexual companionship.