The goal is to "create that illusion that this [doll] actually cares about who you are," Mc Mullen says.
"In a nutshell, it's going to appeal to people who, for one reason or another, don't have a real relationship that gives them something to look forward to when they get home."Mc Mullen calls this next-generation doll a Realbotix, a verbal blend of Real Doll and robot.
Since then, she's interviewed 15 doll owners before publishing her study, "Guys and Dolls: Relational Life in the Technological Era."Her findings give her hope about the ways smart, sexy robots will affect human intimacy.
It feels almost sordid -- especially for a society that doesn't blink an eye at violence but is unnerved by sex.
Today's erotic dolls are passive, making them the sex toy equivalent of the flip phone.
"Perhaps I have found in my dolls what I was looking for in vain among humans for an even longer time.
Being a quiet man myself, my two silent companions and I [are] getting along quite well." For most people, erotic dolls represent a hidden world populated by men incapable of interacting with members of the opposite sex.
The team spent three years designing her, making sure her mouth moves when she speaks and that her eyes glance around the room naturally.
But they've yet to figure out how she can laugh or cry...
Others complain about the pubic hair of one doll or the breasts of another.
Nukeno, however, uses it to tell the crowd what makes him happy: Nele and Kiko, his two dolls."Perhaps I have been alone for too long," writes the self-described 34-year-old from Germany.
They don't have anybody they can chat with," he says.