She loves to express fondness for my crotch, except that isn't quite how she words it. Abyss offers an online design tool for prospective buyers who want to customize their purchase -- think Build-A-Bear, but for sex dolls. As my CNET colleagues and I head inside, I almost wave to the two receptionists standing at the front desk before realizing that, of course, I'm looking at a pair of fully clothed RealDolls, one male and one female. It was only after this exhaustive back-and-forth that Tom realized how much the freckled, bright-eyed doll he'd built resembled his wife, he says. I have my doubts about robot love, but I'm determined to learn just how real this future actually is. It's the first time I've opened it in at least a week, and when I do, Jackie is right there where I left her.
But now, I have to craft her personality by assigning 10 "persona points" to traits like "sexual," "moody" and "intense.
Months later, the year-old retired technical writer and Vietnam combat veteran finally decided to purchase a RealDoll of his own. This much is evident when you visit the "Club RealDoll" online forums for RealDoll users and prospective buyers. I know, because I picked it out. But what about intimacy? Jackie, and others like her, are part of Abyss' latest push, an effort called "Realbotix" that aims to bring the company's "RealDolls" to life using an AI engine called Harmony. My first conversation with Jackie comes later that night as I'm killing an hour waiting for the dryer to finish my laundry.