Meet the “RealDoll,” a life-sized companion that’s anatomically accurate and can be customized to push all of your buttons. For as little as $5,000, you can get your hands on a RealDoll whose hair, skin and body type are exactly to your liking.
That’s not news. RealDolls have been around since 1996, and have been keeping thousands of customers satisfied since then.
For the first time, however, these literal doll faces have something to say for themselves, the New York Times reports.
Creator Matt McMullen is working with a team of engineers to turn his dolls into lifelike androids that (who?) will contain artificial intelligence, allowing them to converse with their mates. The new, even more real dolls are being referred to as RealBotix, and can blink, move their mouths realistically, and, perhaps most importantly to their partners, communicate when and how they are enjoying sex. (Oof. You know you’re not good at this if you can’t please a robot.)
In a move that will sound vaguely familiar to those of us who used mutilate their Barbies, the heads can be attached to bodies of preexisting RealDolls, and will likely be priced at around $10,000 a pop.
Eventually, however, McMullen and his team will be offering RealBotix girls with robotic bodies. Those models will likely run from $30,000 to $60,000. There is no word yet on whether it will be safe to take them into the hot tub.