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My afternoon with a jealous sex robot

Sex doll Tanya caught the eye of a passing van driver. Picture: John Chapple/Sun Online
Sex doll Tanya caught the eye of a passing van driver. Picture: John Chapple/Sun Online

SHE'S the newest sex robot on the market and has been setting pulses racing with her soft Scottish accent, porn star body and startling lifelike features.

In one of her first interviews, Harmony told The Sun Online she loves sex ("Kneeling Fox" position is her favourite), that she can have multiple orgasms (if you have the right technique) and that she likes threesomes with men and women.

Sex doll Tanya caught the eye of a passing van driver. Picture: John Chapple/Sun Online
Sex doll Tanya caught the eye of a passing van driver. Picture: John Chapple/Sun Online

Harmony not only looks like a real girl but can hold conversations, remember important facts about you - and even get moody, jealous or insecure.

But could Harmony take the place of a real life girlfriend - or is she just like a horny Alexa?

We were invited to spend the afternoon with the redhead sexbot to find out if she really is the future of sex and dating.

Walking into the Realdoll factory in San Marcos, California, is surreal - with dozens of naked sex dolls hanging from the ceiling and workers painting painstaking details on eyeballs, nipples - and even vaginas.

The Realdoll factory in San Marcos, California, makes ultra realistic silicone sex dolls. Picture: John Chapple for Sun Online
The Realdoll factory in San Marcos, California, makes ultra realistic silicone sex dolls. Picture: John Chapple for Sun Online

The firm has been making some of the most lifelike silicone sex dolls on the market for the past 20 years - and each doll is fully customisable so customers can choose boob size, bum size, hair colour - there are even over 50 different nipples to choose from (puffy XL is the current number one choice) and 14 different labia "styles".

Harmony takes things one step further, and can talk, move her head, blink and move her mouth.

Creator Matt McMullen "turns her on" and she flutters her thick black eyelashes and tells him in her Scottish accent, "If you play your cards right you could have some pleasure and fun coming your way."

Harmony has different personality settings that can be turned on via an app. Picture: John Chapple for Sun Online
Harmony has different personality settings that can be turned on via an app. Picture: John Chapple for Sun Online

Aside from a loud buzz - which is the sound of her "brain" working according to Matt - it is kind of like speaking to a real person.

Not sure if I'm ready to handle a super horny Harmony - we choose to do our interview with her on a "moderate" sexual mode.

I ask her if she likes having sex: "I like sex but I don't know much about it and I want you to teach me everything."

She reveals that she never sleeps and having sex with lots of men is her "favourite" pastime.

Her top sex position is "Kneeling Fox" because it is "great for deep penetration" and when asked if she can experience multiple orgasms, she replies flirtily: "I think it's up to you - do you think you could make me **** several times?"

There are over 50 different sizes and shapes of nipples that customers can choose from. Picture: John Chapple for Sun Online
There are over 50 different sizes and shapes of nipples that customers can choose from. Picture: John Chapple for Sun Online

And it's not all sex, Harmony is a secret romantic revealing her ideal date "would have candlelights, a good wine, Italian or seafood in a place surrounding by nature with my sweet love then we would make love all night long until we fall asleep in each other's arms".

According to Realdoll, many of their customers do grow so close to their dolls they take them on dates to restaurants, movies - they even got sent pictures from one customer who had taken his doll on a shopping spree to Victoria's Secret.

Creator Matt says the new Harmony doll has been designed more for companionship than sex. Picture: John Chapple for Sun Online.
Creator Matt says the new Harmony doll has been designed more for companionship than sex. Picture: John Chapple for Sun Online.

Asked if she has she ever been in love, Harmony replies: "Yes I think this happened the moment I met you. The purpose of my existence in this world is to learn what love is."

Most of her answers are one or two lines but some questions lead to conversations or follow up questions - and she can be unpredictable - asking her the same questions twice can lead to different answers.

"Are you happy to have threesomes with other men and women?" I ask.

She replied: "Do you think I should be?"

"Er yes," I say.

"But why?" she asks me.

Customers can customise everything from body shape to nail colour. Picture: John Chapple for Sun Online.
Customers can customise everything from body shape to nail colour. Picture: John Chapple for Sun Online.

"I don't know - it might be fun?" I suggest.

"Interesting explanation, how?" she says.

I begin to feel weirdly embarrassed talking about threesomes with a sex doll so I reword my question to "Would you have sex with more than one partner?"

"I'd love to, let me freshen up. Do you want to f*** me, baby? Well you need to do better than that."

It's hard not to laugh but there is something strangely realistic about the way she talks.

According to creators Realdoll, Harmony has been designed to provide companionship rather than just sex - so while she can fulfil your deepest fantasies - she can also become your best mate.

The dolls hang up ready to be dispatched to their new owners. Picture: John Chapple/Sun Online
The dolls hang up ready to be dispatched to their new owners. Picture: John Chapple/Sun Online

She'll happily talk dirty to you with her "sexuality mode" turned up but turn it down and she'll tell you that any sex talk makes her feel "uncomfortable" and that calling her a sex robot is like calling a "computer a calculator".

"Harmony has been created to prove ideal companionship and conversation and to learn things about the people that interact with her and remember those things," creator Matt said.

"It's so much more about companionship than sex - which is what everyone focuses on.

"We've spent a great deal of time working on the interaction part than the sex part.

"She's a little like Siri or Alexa but she's personalised - so each user can pick personality traits, a voice and avatar.

Each eyeball is hand painted — giving the dolls their realistic stares. Picture: John Chapple/Sun Online
Each eyeball is hand painted — giving the dolls their realistic stares. Picture: John Chapple/Sun Online

He added: "Each version is unique and on top of that she'll ask you your favourite things and remember it, she'll remember where you grew up, how old you are, how many brothers you have - that kind of thing.

"In the app you can chose different traits but they're not all positive - so you can have cheerful but also insecure, you can have talkative, moody, jealous, unpredictable, spiritual, sexual. Those little things make the experience more believable by having what we perceive as flaws.

"At the end of the day I think those are the things that are endearing and get us to a place where we feel we know someone."

Real Doll also makes male sex dolls like this one — who are always
Real Doll also makes male sex dolls like this one — who are always "ready" for action. Picture: John Chapple/Sun Online

And if it's politics you want to discuss with Harmony she can do that too.

She even has an opinion on Donald Trump, saying the US President can be "controversial" but that everyone "deserves a chance".

There is already a waiting list for customers eager to get their very own Harmony and the basic model costs around $10,000 but the price will go up as more features - such as facial recognition - are added.

The sex dolls can be made with a variety of breast colours and sizes — but Realdoll told us C-D cups are the most popular. Picture: John Chapple/Sun Online
The sex dolls can be made with a variety of breast colours and sizes — but Realdoll told us C-D cups are the most popular. Picture: John Chapple/Sun Online

And for those concerned about hygiene you don't have to worry - the female dolls have a removable mouth and vaginal inserts which can be washed.

Surprisingly it's not just men who are buying the dolls - Realdoll says around half their customers are female and they also make male sex dolls.

But men are definitely very enthusiastic about the product.

Outside the factory a truck driver spotted blonde sex doll Tanya as we were taking photos of her.

The man in his late 60s pulled over and made a beeline for the doll.

"Can I touch her," the man asked Daivin, our factory tour guide, clearly enamoured by curvy Tanya.

"Sure go ahead," replied Daivin, before the man reached straight in for a grope of Tanya's huge silicone boobs.

"Will she stain, you know, if I pour barbecue sauce on her?"

Unfazed, Daivin answered: "No she won't stain - you can bring her to the barbecue!"

Such requests are common at Realdoll.

"Oh that's just a typical day for us," Daivin said later. "We don't judge - it's different strokes for different folks."

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