Harmony is the last word in robots that seem destined for the sex market. You may prefer to refer to her as a robot XXX. Yet surprisingly, she is just a head. She has no body. Yet Mat McMullen, the founder of Realbotix, the company that sells Harmony, claims to sell 20 pieces a month. From 8000 to 15000£ a unit, according to customer needs, it’s a hefty inversion for someone to make. Yet there are those who do splurge in the novelty. And they still have to buy the body!

What kind of sex robot is Harmony if she doesn’t come with a body? To begin with, these alleged sex robots didn’t even have a head! They were only Android apps that allowed for the user to shape his own sex-bot. Yes ladies, “his” because when people up until recently thought of sex robots, they thought of women. The robot market was one of men only! But we’ll get back to this later.

So, Harmony is a head. Well, yes and no. Harmony is an Android app that allows interaction with her using an Android phone, with plans for a web based version so as to not have to download it, a Windows and a Mac version. Her personality can be pretty much created by combining character traits and the whole technology is based on AI or Artificial Intelligence. AI allows the app to learn as it experiences situations thus permitting it to get to know you and your tastes, likes and dislikes, making interaction a lot easier!

Harmony’s feeling a bit shy today.

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And now, Harmony also has a head that can interact with the app. Of course, it’s a stand-alone app but it can complement the head. As a matter of fact, it can even be used with a normal sex doll that has a Bluetooth speaker installed inside her normal sex doll head. No moving of the mouth, no grins, just that cold, doll stare but you can hear her voice coming from the head. A little creepy for my tastes but then again, it’s a matter of opinion. But if you decide to dish out some money, you’ll get all the extras the robotic head provides which is a much more realistic experience. Harmony’s head is expressive. She can be sad or she can be happy. She can laugh at your jokes and even tell you stories. And the body? Not much sex without one, right?

Right, but that’s in the future. For the time being, Harmony comes with a normal sex doll body which can be selected according to the buyer’s tastes and can be adjusted in hundreds of positions. Movement is still in the plans as the company’s idea is to move from the app, to the head, to the body while all get their updates in an attempt to reach perfection.

McMullen sees another aspect. He says there’s another reason for the robots’ existence. He believes that the most important part of sex bots is the companionship they can offer to their owner. “They want to hold hands, get a hug when they come home”, he says. Furthermore, these robots can take care of the elderly providing assistance, nursing care and company to our senior citizens. McMullen is 48 years old and has been working on Harmony since 2014. He founded Abyss Creations, who manufactured Realdoll, described as “The World’s Finest Love Doll” and started working literally out of his garage in 1997.

Harmony is the most recent sex robot but was preceded by Roxxxy who made her debut in 2010, at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, in Las Vegas. Her “father” is engineer Douglas Hines, founder of TrueCompanion who claims to have taken 4000 pre-orders shortly after her debut in Las Vegas. Roxxxy is almost 1.74m tall and weighs a little over 54 kgs. The client can customize her hair, eyes and skin color while they can order her breast size amongst other configurable features. All this can be had with a mere $7000 to $9000 investment and a subscription fee.

A dream come true for any man! But what about women? Don’t women have desires? Enter Henry, Realbotix’s male sex robot prototype. At 1.82m, he is McMullen’s answer to criticism of turning women into objects. Henry can also be put together according to customer preference with a choice of the most important sex robot body part between large and small, thick and thinner, bent or straight. You name it! The movement has to be provided by the robot’s human companion as the body has no motion yet, thus lacking a mechanism that could implement pelvic thrust.

With so much hype and novelty in the sex doll industry, Chinese companies couldn’t stay out of the game, of course. China is pushing to be a leading player in AI technology and WMDOLL, based in Guangdong province and currently China’s biggest sex doll manufacturer, has entered the scene with AI guided dolls that offer customers features starting from simple conversations to actual moving body parts. They are also customizable according to client preference but have yet to achieve long and in depth conversations despite using vocabulary supplied by Chinese Baidu’s data base. The company makes a modest claim of 20 AI doll sales a month for the moment but the possible trend can already be predicted considering China’s tech rally and lower price tag, common in Chinese products and the fact that 80% of the reported sales have left for markets outside of China with half having been sold to the United States. Any way you put it, just the fact that company sex doll sales are in the range of 20,000 pieces a year, pretty much points to the future of its sex robot sales to come.

Another interesting side of robotics is presented by Hong Kong based Mark Robotic Lab which has created Mark 1, a female robot with a moving body! Although a moving body is a very attractive idea, the interesting concept presented by Ricky Ma or MA TSZ HANG as is known in his own language, is the Robot Making Platform. The Mark 1 robot is not sold as a ready product but rather as a project where you buy the down-loadable instruction manual and 3D-printing parts and put it all together. This type of approach is a little bit more educational and more about making a robot but the results are pretty impressive and all new knowledge is surely added to the scientific information and innovations necessary for achieving perfection in the near future. The site as a matter of fact, has plans for a forum to make sharing of knowledge by users who are building their robot, easier.

Another Hong Kong based company is Hanson Robotics. With Sophia as the company flag bearer, an articulate and expressive robot who has reached celebrity status having appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and CBS 60 Minutes with Charlie Rose among other television shows, Hanson Robotics is focused on research and the creation of humanoids. Hanson Robotics has created various humanoid personalities such as Professor Einstein, Han and Zeno to mention a few. Although this company is not focused on the making of sex robots, the research they are involved in is certainly a contribution to their advance.

It most definitely looks like we are entering a new era of sexual satisfaction without the need of a human partner. One could say that this isn’t so bad considering all the problems that can be avoided by not having to interact with another person. You can have your cake and eat it too! Or can you?

In many parts of the world there is an increase in the use of sex dolls for intercourse. Robots, though in lesser supply for the time being, are also beginning to be bought with more frequency. However, in Japan a new kind of problem is flourishing. Japan’s birth rate is diminishing rapidly and the alarm bells are sounding. Birth rate in the island nation has dropped below the one million mark and in a country of 127 million, that’s worrying! There is an escalation in sales of sex dolls that reached 2000 dolls in 2017, according to Dutch Wives, one of the most important sex doll makers in the country. As technology is bettered and prices lowered, it is thought that more and more Japanese people will be buying sex robots, raising the impact of the problem exponentially.

Another polemic issue is the sale of sex dolls in the form of children. Many western nations have laws that prohibit their sale but not so in Japan and other countries. An Australian man was put to court for trying to import this kind of dolls into his country which if convicted, can have a hefty fine and up to 10 years in prison. The idea is repulsive to the vast majority of people but the there are those who insist that these dolls are for sale within Japan and that many Japanese women are of small body size. And then there’s the prominent question: is it better to rape a sex doll in the shape of a child or a real child? Though the question may sound easy to answer, it may not be so well put or conceived as there are many factors to be taken into consideration.

To some, the mere existence of sex dolls is misogynous. It is argued that the fact that a doll is positioned for intercourse and penetrated in whatever way excites her “master”, will most likely lead to contempt for real women. And while a doll may lack movement and expression, the robot doesn’t, never says no, is intelligent and beautiful and by no means seeks a relationship with its male partner though it will succumb to having one if “her man” so wishes. Men who see women as “pushy” to get their way will certainly appreciate its robot imitations.

Whatever facet of human nature sex robots are about to unleash, they will most certainly change the world as we know it. After all, sex is just one of the things robots will be able to do, with many other chores they can be implemented to do such as nursing and public care-giving. There is serious contemplation and even legal adjustments, albeit only in a handful of nations to date, regarding job loss due to robots, which is calculated to reach 800 million by 2030. And job loss or at least sharing of the pie will most probably include sex workers as well. In the near future we will most likely see the gradual displacement of humans that earn their living from prostitution by the robot XXX. Whether this is scary or not, depends on individual interpretation. Time will show but it will not stop. We’re here for the ride and what will be, will be.

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