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.Spanish inventor Sergi Santos recently complained that his sexbot Samantha was molested by curious onlookers when he took her on to the streets.Sales manager Annette Blair, 45, says the company has had ‘odd’ requests including for an life-sized ‘elf’ doll but they would never make a childlike doll.She says that she has spoken to hundreds of men, including many from the UK: ‘Our customers are nothing like the perception of what people think they are. All are lonely or have issues about forming lasting human connections.’At first, Harmony 2.1 seems freaky, jerky and unnatural.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.
‘My objective is to be a perfect companion’ But spend an hour in the company of Harmony – claimed by creator Matt Mc Mullen (above) to be the world’s first commercially available ‘sexbot’ – and it is hard not to be intrigued and repulsed at the same time Last week The Mail on Sunday became the first newspaper to experience Harmony 2.1, the latest version of a sex robot Mc Mullen has been working on since 2014 and which we can exclusively reveal will go on sale to the public in January for between £7,600 to £15,200, depending on customisation.
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.
He gave an odd defence of his robot saying: ‘She does not simulate rape.
It’s not even a physical act, it’s sexual assault.’He claimed ‘Frigid Farrah’ had been misinterpreted and showed the Mo S a new patent he has filed in which he envisions the robot helping ‘cure’ prisoners of anti-social or violent behaviour.