Lifelike dolls, artificial sex organs and sex-chat phone lines have been keeping the lonely company for decades.
But Roxxxy takes virtual companionship to a new level.
Hines says a female sex therapist even contacted him about buying one for her patients.
Remember Sweetie, the virtual 10-year-old Filipina girl created to catch online sex abusers?
Her creator, Dutch children’s rights organization Terre des Hommes, has just launched Sweetie 2.0, which is basically chat robots designed to nab Web predators.
"Roxxxy generated a lot of buzz at AEE," said Grace Lee, spokeswoman for the porn-industry convention.
"The prevailing sentiment of everyone I talked to about Roxxxy is 'version 1.0,' but people were fascinated by the concept, and it caused them to rethink the possibilities of 'sex toys.' " Hines, a self-professed happily married man from Lincoln Park, New Jersey, says he spent more than three years developing the robot after trying to find a marketable application for his artificial-intelligence technology.
"There's really nothing like this on the market," said Hines, who speaks of his unique creation with what seems like genuine affection.
"Whenever she's out in public, everyone wants to talk to her and pose for pictures.
"They're like, 'I can't wait to meet her,' " Hines said.
"It's almost like the anticipation of a first date." Women have inquired about ordering a sex robot, too.
In a recent monologue, Jay Leno expressed amazement that a sex robot could carry on lifelike conversations and express realistic emotions.