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.
Roxxxy's body is made from hypoallergenic silicone -- the kind of stuff in prosthetic limbs -- molded over a rigid skeleton.
She cannot move on her own but can be contorted into almost any natural position.
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.
Many of them believe cybersex to be similar to pornography—an extension of fantasy that actually helps to keep them from physical affairs with other people.
Consider the following statement from a 41-year-old married man (all citations are from to cheat—something that may even add spice to their offline relationship."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, True Companion.com, where thousands of men have signed up.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.In reality, though, the issue of online cheating is more complex—especially when it concerns sexual activities involving actual interaction with other individuals.