SEX robots will soon be able to 'feel' a human’s touch with a new 'smart skin' making cyber love more realistic, an expert has told The Sun Online.
The TouchYou is the latest development in sex-related technology that will supposedly make sexual interactions between humans and sex dolls more natural.
It can also be used by lovers in long-distance relationships to stimulate each other over the internet.
Sex Robots have taken off in the past few years from being seen as taboo and unconventional to becoming a booming business.
The industry is said to be worth £24billion ($30.1billion), according to Business Insider.
Sex Robots can also be bought and brought home as prices and dolls range in price.
Leonardo Gomes, who developed the TouchYou technology, believes it will make interactions between humans and sex dolls more natural because the latest sex robots can only be receptive to touch in specific areas such as the neck and genitals.
The technology is an electronic smart skin that is made up of tiny sensors that can detect the position of a touch, similar to a laptop touchpad.
It also detects the force, or pressure of the touch and sends the the information to a wireless Bluetooth device that is connected.
The TouchYou can be installed under the silicone skin of a sex robot to give it the capabilities of being able to feel when a human touches it.
The sex-related technology researcher from Brazil told The Sun Online: “I explored the possibility of integrating this sensor with sex robots by attaching it to any body part, beneath the silicone skin.
“The sensor can be designed to be attached to any surface curvature, and the number and size of the electrodes (which are related to the sensor resolution or sensitivity) can easily be changed.
“By using the TouchYou, the sex robot would be able to feel the touch with more details than the options available today, and be more responsive to human interaction.
“The sex robots in the market, as far as I know, are able of measuring the force applied only to specific parts of their body, for example the neck, genitals, hips and hand, but they are not capable of measuring the touch dynamically, and this may reduce its response.
“By using a technology like the TouchYou, the interaction between sex robots and their partners would be more natural and humanlike, and the entire the robot body could be sensible.”
He said the smart skin itself is less than £39 ($50) to make and programme, but installing them into a sex robot would be expensive.
Gomes also touches on how the electronic smart skin can be used in long-distance relationships between partners, by describing humans as becoming like a giant touchpad.
The sensor is very thin so the wearer would be able to still feel their own touch while remotely touching the other person.
Gomes explains that one person wearing the smart skin could rub themselves and their partner, who is also wearing the smart skin, would be able to feel that sensation in real time.
Gomes added:“By using interfaces like the one I've developed, we would be able of using our body as sensors, and to stimulate other people remotely.
"Our arm, as soon as we are wearing the sensor interface, for example, could be used as a giant touchpad, and the touch can be used for controlling the parameters of the simulator interface worn by the other person, or even for controlling conventional sex toys or robots, by changing the vibration intensity, temperature, pattern or any other thing."
One of his long-term goals with the TouchYou is completely reduce our reliance on sex toys by being able to stimulate one another remotely.
He said: "My idea in this project was to create a remote sex interaction, but reducing the number of hardware like dildos and vibrators, and taking advantage of our own body and senses.”
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