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Monday, 18 April 2005

BUT DO THEY GET PROPER HEADACHES?


Ananova somewhat depressingly reports that aircraft mechanic Michael Harriman, a German inventor from Nuremberg, claims to have created the world's most sophisticated robot sex doll. His sex androids have 'hearts' that beat harder during "sex"; they also breathe harder and have internal heaters to raise the body temperature - but their feet stay cold "just like in real life", Harriman says:

"They are almost impossible to distinguish from the real thing, but I am still developing improvements and I will only be happy when what I have is better than the real thing".
Harriman's dolls reportedly sell under the Andy brand name for £4,000 each for the basic model, with extra charges for adaptations like extra large breasts. The model can also be made to move by remote control, wiggling her hips under the bedclothes and making other suggestive movements - all at the touch of a button. Harriman said his design was an improvement on the popular 'real dolls' sold in the USA.


Part of the prior art against which Herr Harriman's invention
is to be considered for the purpose of patentability

The IPKat has long admired the complex system of intellectual property rights that inspires inventors to create things that really benefit mankind. But when he reads about this sort of thing, he wonders if he hasn't been somewhat misguided...

Other iconic dolls here and here
Inflatable dummies, promising maximum gratification here , here and here

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