Roxxxy was a terrifying, rudimentary glimpse into the future, a sort of harbinger of the potential horror and pleasure brought on by man's obsession with creating the perfect companion.
You can, apparently, purchase Roxxxy from True Companion.com, but there's no evidence to suggest anyone has.
Now, as we sit in the dim light of his R&D room, staring at his latest creation, Matt Mc Mullen, the founder of Abyss Creations (the parent company behind the Real Doll), nonchalantly turns to me and says, "All I see is potential."For a man poised to bring millennia of male desire to life, Mc Mullen, a small but striking figure who looks like a reformed industrial rocker, is surprisingly calm.
Later this week, he'll launch Harmony AI, the heart of Real Botix, a platform intended to bring artificial intelligence to Mc Mullen's sex dolls and companionship to the lonely, eccentric or curious.
During my four-hour visit to the birthplace of the Real Doll, the frighteningly life-like full-body sex toy, I've seen mounds of silicone vaginas, sheets of detached nipples, headless women hanging from meat hooks, a 2-foot penis and skulls with removable faces that attach like refrigerator magnets.
What sets Harmony apart from Roxxxy and the hobby housewives of a few other kinky tinkerers is her pedigree.
Mc Mullen has been perfecting the Real Doll for nearly 20 years and his inventions have appeared in countless movies, TV shows and documentaries. Abyss employs cosmetologists, sculptors, "body builders" and an eye technician, whose sole occupation is crafting those supremely important orbs."You know the saying of the eyes being the window to the soul, really says a lot because that's really how people read each other," Mc Mullen says.
Of course, much like with real humans, looks aren't everything.
The all support the same ancient premise that real women need an upgrade.
The quest for a female substitute reaches far beyond Hollywood, though.
Back in 2010, at the Adult Entertainment Expo, a retired Texas engineer named Douglas Hines showed off Roxxxy, the so-called world's first sex robot, to a bewildered audience.
At the time, she was a slack-jawed mess of silicone and exposed circuitry; she looked like someone left a wax figure of a young Shelley Duvall out in the sun.
At first glance, she looks like any other Real Doll — lifelike, but only to a point.