One of China’s biggest sex doll makers has launched what it calls AI-powered dolls that it says can hold simple conversations and move their eyes and arms
One of China’s biggest sex doll makers has launched what it calls AI-powered dolls that it says can hold simple conversations and move their eyes and arms
A variety of moulds for different body shapes lie on the floor of the workshop
A variety of moulds for different body shapes lie on the floor of the workshop
Doll parts ready to be checked at the WMDoll factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong province
Doll parts ready to be checked at the WMDoll factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong province
Customers can personalise their dolls by choosing various appearance options including height, hairstyle and eye colour
Customers can personalise their dolls by choosing various appearance options including height, hairstyle and eye colour
Metal skeletons ready to be put in a mould
Metal skeletons ready to be put in a mould
AI features on the dolls are still very basic: they can answer questions but cannot hold longer conversations
AI features on the dolls are still very basic: they can answer questions but cannot hold longer conversations
The doll draws on vocabulary from a database supported by the Chinese firm Baidu
The doll draws on vocabulary from a database supported by the Chinese firm Baidu
The factory has more than 200 full-time workers. All dolls are handmade and each one requires the input of at least five workers
The factory has more than 200 full-time workers. All dolls are handmade and each one requires the input of at least five workers
Some of the various designs of sex dolls available to bu
Some of the various designs of sex dolls available to bu
The company has sold around 20 AI dolls so far, priced at between 10,000 and 50,000 yuan, (around £1,100-£5,500)
The company has sold around 20 AI dolls so far, priced at between 10,000 and 50,000 yuan, (around £1,100-£5,500)
The figure is low compared to annual sales of around 20,000 non-AI dolls
The figure is low compared to annual sales of around 20,000 non-AI dolls
Workers take a break for lunch on the factory floor. They produce around 2,000 dolls a month
Workers take a break for lunch on the factory floor. They produce around 2,000 dolls a month
Customers can choose from dozens of different body shapes and from more than 260 different faces
Customers can choose from dozens of different body shapes and from more than 260 different faces
A male sex doll hangs in the warehouse. About 1% of the products made at the factory are male, and these are mostly bought by male customers
A male sex doll hangs in the warehouse. About 1% of the products made at the factory are male, and these are mostly bought by male customers
One of the team prepares a sex doll for a photoshoot for customers to view online
One of the team prepares a sex doll for a photoshoot for customers to view online
Dolls’ heads are put in boxes ready to ship to customers. The company hopes the AI dolls will eventually take off with overseas customers, including in the US. Exports account for 80% of its sales, and half of its overseas shipments go to the US
Dolls’ heads are put in boxes ready to ship to customers. The company hopes the AI dolls will eventually take off with overseas customers, including in the US. Exports account for 80% of its sales, and half of its overseas shipments go to the US
Three sex dolls, all called Lucy, have their moving parts tested by remote control
Three sex dolls, all called Lucy, have their moving parts tested by remote control
The firm admits improving the features has been difficult, partly because experts aren’t interested in putting much effort into developing AI technology for adult products
The firm admits improving the features has been difficult, partly because experts aren’t interested in putting much effort into developing AI technology for adult products
‘Of course we’re not expecting to make our AI dolls that human-like: after all, we’re just making adult products,’ said Liu Ding, a WMDoll product manager. ‘But we will surely add more advanced technologies … for example, making the limbs move more naturally.’
‘Of course we’re not expecting to make our AI dolls that human-like: after all, we’re just making adult products,’ said Liu Ding, a WMDoll product manager. ‘But we will surely add more advanced technologies … for example, making the limbs move more naturally.’