Japan Unveils Robot Girlfriend

15-inch 'maiden' puckers up on command
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2008 1:53 PM CDT
EMA (Eternal Maiden Actualization), an interactive robot featuring feminine figure and movements.   (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
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(Newser) – If you’re looking for love and the electronic variety is good enough, a Japanese company may have just the thing for you. Sega unveiled “EMA” today (that’s Eternal Maiden Actualization), a 15-inch robotic girlfriend that can find and kiss human faces on command, Reuters reports. The company hopes to sell 10,000—mainly to lonely adult men—in the first year; the retail price is $175.

A rep for the toymaker said the company wanted to break the “stereotype” that robots are tough by providing one “that’s sweet and interactive.” He went on about EMA: “She’s very lovable and though she's not a human, she can act like a real girlfriend.” The toy can also hand out business cards, sing, and dance.