Móviles con labios y ropa interior que vibra: inventos para las relaciones a distancia

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Si las relaciones sentimentales son inevitablemente complicadas, las parejas que superan la distancia deberían tener menciones honoríficas. Aquellos que las sufren harán de Skype su mejor aliado e intentarán llevar la soledad de la manera más digna. Pero… ¿qué pasaría si la tecnología nos permitiese ir un paso más allá? El resultado sería sin duda lo que ha creado la estudiante de ingeniería Emma Yann Zhang: una funda que se conecta al teléfono, con una almohadilla de plástico en la parte inferior de la pantalla para dar besos profilácticos mientras hablamos. A primera vista parece la antítesis del morbo, pero dicen que la sensación de besar es bastante similar. Ya saben, con un poco de imaginación, no se consuela quien no quiere.

Howard Wolowitz, el protagonista de Big Bang Theory, ya habló de ello en uno de los capítulos de la serie para afrontar su abstinencia sexual: dos bocas con terminaciones nerviosas que le permitían desfogarse a gusto. Y ahora se hace realidad en un gadget para móviles.

El de Yann no es el único ejemplo descabellado. En 2014, Durex, marca líder de preservativos, pretendía revolucionar el mercado con Fundawear, un prototipo de ropa interior con sensores de vibración. Su intención no era sustituir al tacto real, solo llenar el vacío a golpe de estímulo.

Móviles con labios y ropa interior que vibra: inventos para las relaciones a distancia

Otro caso más inocente es el de Tomoki Hakeshashi, que se centró en el trauma de dormir solo. Cuenta que su abuela siempre le decía que no había almohada más cómoda que la humana, así que en 2003 diseñó un cojín al que agarrarse con fuerza y esperanza, literalmente. Boyfriend arm pillow tenía la consistencia y forma de medio hombre, e incluso incorporaba dos camisas intercambiables. Quizá la soledad es el estigma del nuevo siglo porque en Internet este tipo de almohadones ya se venden al por mayor. ¿Será éste el futuro sexual de los millenials? Quién sabe.

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키스도 스마트폰으로 주고받는다

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입술 감촉과 움직임 전달하는 장치 개발

스마트폰으로 멀리 떨어진 사람과 키스를 주고받는 아이디어 상품이 개발돼 주목된다.

현실적인 입술의 감촉과 움직임을 전달하는 장치 ‘키신저’(Kissenger)는 만나고 싶은데 만날 수 없는 연인이나 친족에게 사랑을 전하고 싶을 때 사용하는 아이템이다.

입술 모양의 장치 키신저의 이름은 ‘모바일 키스 메신저’라는 뜻이 함축됐다. 장치는 플라스틱과 실리콘 패드가 결합돼 있으며, 실리콘 패드에는 역각 센서와 액추에이터(전기적인 신호의 변화를 이용하여 물리적인 상태를 바꿔주는 장치)가 내장돼 있다.

키신저는 멀리 떨어진 두 사람이 각자의 스마트폰에 장치를 연결하고 페이스타임이나 스카이프를 시작하면 센서의 의해 감지된 2명의 입술 움직임을 실시간으로 송수신 한다. 또 액추에이터로 움직임을 재현해 마치 실제로 눈앞의 상대와 키스하고 있는 것 같은 상황을 만들어낼 수 있다.

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키신저는 연인 사이뿐 아니라 멀리 떨어져 지내는 할머니에게 손자가 뽀뽀하는 상황도 상정해 개발됐다. 개발은 런던 대학교에서 햅틱(촉각과 힘, 운동감 등을 느끼게 하는 기술)에 대해 연구하는 팀에서 했다.

연구팀에 소속된 엠마 얀 장(Emma Yann Zhang) 연구원은 “사람들이 로봇과 인공지능을 통해 친밀한 관계가 되는 미래는 피할 수 없다”고 말했다.

키신저는 아직 테스트 단계로, 상품화 되지 않았다. 현재 진행 중인 테스트 중 하나는 친밀한 관계에 있는 두 사람이 키신저를 사용할 때 빈도에 따라 얼마나 많은 기쁨을 얻는지 평가하는 것이다.

또 앞으로는 키신저를 사용하는 동안 혈압과 심장 박동의 변화도 기록해 진짜 키스에 비해 키신저가 얼마나 신체 변화를 일으키는가도 조사할 예정이다.

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Study reveals who is most likely to have sex with a ROBOT – and it’s exactly who you’d expect

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The sex robot industry is thriving, with some academics predicting that humans will be having more sex with robots that with each other by 2050.

But while many people find the idea of sex with a mechanical object abhorrent, academics are keen to find out who is most willing to embrace (literally) this new technology.

“I wanted to see what kind of characteristics influence the use of sex robots,” she told an audience at the conference.

“We react towards computers and machines as we do with human beings. This involves showing empathy and keeping an interpersonal distance with robots.”

Video thumbnail, Sex robot turns HUMANS on when they touch its private parts

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Szczuka’s research found that “anthropomorphic tendency” (ascribe human attributes to) was a positive predictor of intention to buy a sex robot and “negative attitude toward robots” was a negative predictor of intention to buy a sex robot.

Szczuka, along with Professor Nicole Krämer, conducted an online survey of 263 hetrosexual men between the ages of 18 and 67.

The men were shown a two-minute video of different female robots. They were then subjected to questions that revealed their “personality measures” and “attractiveness ratings”.

When they were asked whether or not they would buy such a robot within the next five years, 40.3% of the respondents said they would.

Szczuka does admit there were limitations to the study. Price of the robot wasn’t mentioned and she allows that people willing to take the online survey may already hold a more positive view of robots than others.

“A great next step is to investigate the interests of women when it comes to sex robots,” Szczuka said.

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Dr Kate Devlin, a senior lecturer in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London had already said in a previous talk that there are plenty of benefits for both sexes.

“There are a lot of heath benefits. You can be attached to something that’s not human and we’re already providing a lot of health and therapeutic technology to help older people in care homes. Why can we not provide sex tech as well?” she told the assembled audience.

“But women are massively underrepresented in the technology world and we see that reflected in the products.”

Romance over the phone can be sealed with a kiss

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The Kissenger app has sensors that measure different parts of the lips before the data is transmitted

Sometimes making “mwah” noises or texting lots of Xs isn’t enough. You want to give the person at the other end of the phone line a big old smooch.

Soon you may be able to. Researchers from London, Malaysia and Japan have created the “Kissenger”, which connects to your mobile phone and lets you physically lock lips from afar.

The device, which is named for kiss-messenger rather than after the US diplomat, connects to the bottom of your smartphone so that the rubber lip pad sits underneath the screen, where you can display a live video link of your loved one’s face.

TYING THE BOT British law WILL bend to allow humans and robots to marry sooner than you think

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‘TIL DEATH DO US PARTS First marriage to a robot will happen BEFORE 2050 by which time sexbots will be ‘more attractive than humans’

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Shocking revelations question whether your other half could leave you for a sex robot that fulfils their every desires and is “enormously” more attractive than you

INTERNATIONAL TONSIL TENNIS Incredible virtual kissing device lets you snog people from around the world through your iPhone

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Scientists unveil smooch simulator which mimics the feel of real kissing using hi-tech mouthpieces

You’ll soon be able to snog through your smartphone using this bizarre gadget

It is hoped it will also let you snog virtual characters and sex robots.

So if you’ve ever had a crush on Lara Croft, a virtual smooch could be on the cards in the very near future.

The incredible development was revealed at the second Love and Sex Robot conference at Goldsmith’s University on Monday.

Emma Yann Zhang, who is working on the development said: “We want to make a robotic head with silicon to make a fully kissable robot using the same technology as the mobile phone version.

“We’ll embed control sensors in the robot’s head instead.”

SILICONE SALLY Pimps and madams to buy up sex robots in bid to offer clients ‘love free’ thrills

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Sex workers will work alongside machines which will “learn” how to become the ULTIMATE artificially intelligent sexbot from its clients

Non-existent sex robots already burning holes in men’s pockets

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Saddos only? Nope, happily married dudes just as keen apparently

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Well over a third of men would happily splash out on a humanoid sex robot in the near future, academics have found – despite there being no viable product on the market right now.

Researchers from the University Duisburg-Essen quizzed 263 chaps on their robo-amorous leanings, and co-author Jessica Szczuka presented their findings at the Love and Sex and Robots Conference at Goldsmith’s University yesterday.

They found that a stonking 40.3 per cent of the sample said they would “buy such a robot now or within the next five years.” Just to be clear, for the purposes of the survey, the researchers said sex robots can be understood as android robots (robotic replicated women or men) that are “built to satisfy sexual needs.”

“For this purpose,” the researchers continued, “the robots do not only provide replications of some secondary sexual characteristics (e.g. breasts), but also external genitals (e.g. labia). As this description would also be suitable for hyper realistic sex dolls, sex robots are also capable to move (especially with respect to movements that are important with regard to the fulfilment of sexual needs) and speak.” The latter of which might suppose some form of AI.

As the researchers note, “At present, there is no sex robot available that is suitable for the masses and that provides all the features listed above.” And if and when they do appear, they’re not going to be cheap.

You might immediately summon up a mental image of who is most likely to put such a non-existent product at the top of their shopping list, and we’re guessing there’s a pizza-stained T-shirt and a possible lack of personal grooming involved.

However, this isn’t borne out by the research. The paper says the 40.3 per cent figure “highlights that sex robots could be of interest for more than only a fringe group.”

Even more surprising perhaps, whether respondents were already in a relationship, or had a fulfilling sexual life, had no bearing on their (potential) feelings towards robo-playmates. Similarly, general loneliness had no particular bearing on respondents’ interest in sex bots.

Rather, pre-existing attitudes towards robots and “anthropomorphic tendencies” ie, the “tendency to ascribe human characteristics to non-human objects” appeared to be the strongest indicators of the desire to buy sex robot.

Put plainly, people who are already wary of robots are unlikely to want to have sex with one. Likewise, the fact that people who already had a tendency to anthropomorphise objects – perhaps becoming overly attached with their cars, for example – definitely wanted to move beyond just liking robots. Though the researchers also speculated that “it could be imaginable that clients who pay a lot for sex robots are aware of the fact that robots are non-human, which could prevent their evaluations from falling into the uncanny valley.”

This is all just the beginning. The researchers accept that the study could be improved with a wider sample, and say “it should be a long-term goal to investigate real interactions between humans and sex robots. And let’s be honest, someone needs to actually invent a viable sex robot before things move from wish list to shopping list. ®

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Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns

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The possibility of sex robots over-exerting their human lovers to the point of collapse is just one of the ethical conundrums academics and society need to get their head round, a Swiss academic told a conference on sex robots today.

Oliver Bendel, of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland, told the Love and Sex and Robots Conference at Goldsmith’s University, that the full range of machine ethics questions can – and should – be applied to sex robots.

Machine ethics sees machines – whether self-driving cars, chatbots, military drones, and presumably, your basic pleasure model – as potential moral agents in their own right, he said.

This raised the question of whether sex robots should have moral skills, in addition to their other more tangible skills, and “if so, which ones?” If they did, he continued, should these be simple “duty ethics” or should they also be mindful of the consequences of their decisions. Could robots enter into contracts?

Certain questions were particularly pertinent, he continued.

These included whether sex robots should be able to “entice” users. This is not just a question or applying some hair gel and a happy-go-lucky expression. Just imagine all the wiles of Google, or mobile games makers, applied to enticing you to keep pressing that button…or whatever.

Another key issue, he said, was whether robots should have the capability of “refusal” in “extreme” circumstance. Similarly, he continued, should robots be compelled to reveal they are, indeed, robots.

Other, arguably less elevated questions, included whether the sex robot should be “available” to a human at all times – something unlikely with most human lovers. At the same time, he asked, how should issues of shame on the part of the human partner be considered – and indeed where would the use of sex robots be considered unacceptable.

The proliferation of sex-robots – presumably able to incorporate data and feedback to constantly up their game – could have a physical effect on their human lovers, and beyond, he warned.

Human sexuality has certain “physical limits” he said, particularly in the male of the species. Robots, on the other hand, were potentially tireless. This could have a knock-on effect for a robot’s human partner, and indeed the partner’s partner. “If the machine over-exerts the human, it reduces the possibility of human sex,” Bendel warned.

Beyond that, Bendel said, what about the effect on those who are supplanted by dedicated machines, or those who are unable to afford such gadgets.

Ethicists and developers could go some way to answering these questions, he said, though ultimately the whole of society had to make a call. AI and robotics are both advancing at a rapid clip, the conference was told, and a number of speakers suggested it should not be left to the traditional porn industry to make these decisions for us.

Even the most dedicated researcher will need a break from grappling with them from time to time. Indeed, Bendel revealed that his most recent project was a ladybird-friendly vacuum cleaner. The device will clean your floors, but if it detects ladybirds and other little critters, it will stop and shoo them away to safety. However, he added, the team had included a kill button for arachnophobes. ®

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