Sexbot and android developments

Image (of a sex doll and real feline) by Stacy Leigh.

Led by the fantastic h+ Magazine article, Sexbots Will Give Us Longevity Orgasm by Hank Hyena (, I went mousing off on a tangent to find that right now a chain of department stores in Japan are taking holiday orders for life-sized ‘doppelganger’ androids. Fancy a “skin job” for xmas? It’s really not as far off as we think. They’re limited, and they’re not cheap. Snip:

Stuck for gift ideas this Christmas? How about an android moulded in the exact likeness of your loved one? Well that is exactly what’s on offer at a chain of department stores in Japan. The mechanical doppelgangers will be on offer at Sogo, Seibu, and Robinson retailers for the princely sum of 20.1million yen or £139,000. [ed note: that’s around $226,000] They will be built by Japanese robotics firm Kokoro, which is best known for its line of attractive Actroid receptionist humanoids.

The company will create the sitting robot out of silicone with the same face, body shape, hair and eyes of the recipient. Their speech will be based on recordings of the owner’s voice. The android’s facial expressions and upper body will be modeled on the movements of the buyer.

Unfortunately it won’t be able to walk so you couldn’t take your double with you to the shops, nor will it be sophisticated enough to sit in for you at the office.

Still you will have to be quick if you want to snap one up as only two of the unique machines are on sale. Sogu will accept orders at its 28 outlets over the New Year and will sell them based on a lottery system if there is great demand. (…read more, )

Image by Stacy Leigh.

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  1. Rachel,
    Perhaps they are made for 35 year old male amputees, victims of paralysis, disfigurement, debilitating illnesses, lifelong disabilities such as CP or Downs, etc. etc. etc. that have very little hope of finding a relationship in the short term but need an outlet for the typical male sex drive.

    Your post infuriated me. You make crass generalizations about people that are no different than the negative stereotypes erroneously affixed to *all sorts* of different minority groups throughout human history.

    Of course, if you are an below-average or above looking woman who is still middle-aged or younger, you probably have no idea what it is like to be on the other end of the sexual power equation. You’ve always been in control of the supply. It is terrible for men that have conditions that severely hamper their ability to compete for relationships/sexual gratification. (Incidentally, I believe that older women face *similar* difficulties due to our culture’s propensity to overvalue youth and looks. I’m not trying to say ‘men have it so rough’.)

    Try to see things from another’s point of view, and stop with the ignorant attacks. Most of us are very fortunate to not have anything working against us- but one car crash, one bad fall, one stroke, and suddenly you may be eyeing up a sex robot because recovery from MANY types of injuries takes years – if ever.

    For just THOSE reasons alone – and there are MANY more – bring on the androids! (can they do housework, too? :)


  2. Are these android/fembots/plastic dolls made for guys who are 35 years old and still living in their mother’s basement, and cannot be man enough to go find a real girl??
    Plus, where are the plastic guy dolls for the lonely women who cannot talk to real guys??

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