Male Sex Robots With Bionic Penises Are a Real Thing in 2018 So You're Welcome, Humanity
When it comes to finding intimacy in the digital age, the same tools that seem to make it easier than ever to connect with other humans are wont to leave users isolated and alone, remotely tethered to an app or website that provides the thrilling immediacy of intimacy or companionship, but is not ultimately sustainable.
The sexbot industry is another story altogether. Realbotix, a company that launched the world's first interactive female sex bot last year, now plans to introduce a male counterpart—with a bionic penis to boot. It goes without saying that this brings new meaning to the term "hardware."
Last year's release of the female sex bot, Harmony, was an industry disruptor for its ability to imitate a vast variety of facial expressions, blink, move its head, and even move its mouth to match the sounds it produces. As the AI interface that Harmony runs is currently housed in the robot's head, it's unclear whether the bionic penis will operate off of the same system. Of course, two heads are better than one.
Matt McMullen, CEO of Realbotix, says that the bionic penis will be "better than a vibrator", a companion that users will be able to plug in and have a go with for as long as they want. For size queens, he assured The Daily Star Online that "they sky is the limit," and that bionic penises will, ahem, come in all shapes and sizes.
McMullen's experience in the sex doll industry goes back way further than the San Diego-based Realbotix, which was just established as an LLC last year. He's been in this business for two decades, finding previous success with his company RealDoll that sells customizable sex mannequins, including male ones, for just under $10,000 dollars.
At the heart of both male and female Realbotix dolls is Harmony AI, a mobile application that acts as horny personal assistant and can be download directly from RealBotix. A sort of elevated phone-sex interface, Harmony AI charges users $20 a year to create personal avatars with customizable voices and personalities. It's sort of like a horny Sim. For those lonely unable to cough up the $15k to own a life-sized Harmony, the app offers a gateway into RealBotix's mission.
McMullen acknowledged that there's a certain, male-focused stigma about the very idea of such a robot existing in the first place.
"People have accused us of objectifying women, but it's important that people know that this is more than a sex toy," he said. "We have a lot of female customers interested in buying male robots as companions to talk to and interact with." Still, he acknowledges that some re-branding will need to take place in order for the male robot to be as successful as Harmony.
Not everyone's excited about the rapid advancements in sex robot tech, however. A cyber-security researcher recently warned that these robots have a tremendous potential to be hacked, weaponized against us, and turn violent, West World style.
Meanwhile, the Campaign Against Sex Robots has set out to do just that, warning against the potential hazards and problems of simulated companionship with an ethical consideration.