She tells jokes and is programmed to greet her owner with soothing phrases such as ‘Welcome home darling, how was your day?
’But her silicone body remains inanimate, something Mc Mullen hopes to improve on by eventually introducing robotic arms, hands and heat sensors.
For Mc Mullen, an artist who started his working life in a Halloween mask factory, rivals who focus on ‘rape dolls’ are unwelcome: ‘There will always be people trying to cash in, whether for publicity or attention.
I’ve put 20 years and millions of dollars of my own money into this and I can assure you that sex isn’t the main reason people are going to buy Harmony. For whatever reason, some people cannot make a human connection.
It is modes such as ‘shy’ which most concern critics, who cite another sexbot as a blatant invitation to ‘normalise’ rape. ’Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism project, said creating a robot willing to have non-consensual sex ‘is to risk normalising rape but giving it a publicly acceptable face’.
Inventor Doug Hines caused uproar when he recently revealed his product Roxxxy has been programmed in its ‘Frigid Farrah’ mode to ‘not be appreciative’ if touched in a private area and the robot will make a show of resistance saying: ‘That doesn’t feel right, please stop. ‘We should no more be encouraging rapists to find a supposedly safe outlet than we should facilitate murderers by giving them realistic blood-spurting dummies to stab.’ The robot has 18 different personality types from happy to sensual, shy to talkative.
It is modes such as ‘shy’ which most concern critics, who cite another sexbot as a blatant invitation to ‘normalise’ rape Harmony creator Mc Mullen denied reports his robot has a ‘slap function’ and admits his creation is ‘many years and several million dollars’ away from the science-fiction version of sex robots popularised in shows and films such as Westworld and Valley Of The Dolls When the Mo S approached Hines outside his New Jersey home last week he refused to show us Roxxxy.
I am invited to squeeze the buttocks of one doll which has extra silicone implants to make her bottom feel more ‘authentic’.
Harmony is the first.’This newspaper has found multiple examples of sex robots already in existence but no evidence of any that have actually been sold to the public.