The coronavirus lockdown has reportedly seen demand for one company’s sex dolls skyrocket – with bosses now planning to release a robotic alternative with a ‘heartbeat’.
Sex Doll Genie co-founder Janet Stevenson said they are struggling to keep on top of orders, having seen “hundreds” more enquiries in recent months. And while many company’s struggle with many economies on its knees and employees facing potentially redundancy, the adult firm is planning a recruitment drive.
Ms Stevenson said customers range from single men – whose orders have risen by 51 .6% over February and March – to couples who bought 33 .2% more year-on-year in April. Ms Stevenson said: “We have lots of products in stock but we can’t work fast enough to keep up with demand. We are hiring as quickly as we can and have created several new roles in fulfilment management and customer support in both the US and Europe.”
The majority of Sex Doll Genie’s stock are non-electronic dolls, but it does have some models that use technology and is now looking to push boundaries even further. Fellow Sex Doll Genie co-founder, Amit, said they are planning to supply sex robots that breathe and have a human-like heartbeat. “For one of the brands we have now, it’s called AI AI-Tech, who have taken the next leap and have added some AI to it. There is one coming out by the end of this year where you can hear the heartbeat and hear them breathe.
“I haven’t seen them used on a person yet, they are still in production, but we are getting to the point where we can call them a sex robot, but technically they are sex dolls as well. I’m waiting for a way you can just plug in your Alexa or Siri into your doll, and your doll will just start talking to you. We already have that technology in our pockets, we just haven’t used them for a doll yet. These are just plans, nothing official yet, but we’re tinkering along with how we can put dolls in a mode where they can just talk to you, or flirt with you, all those romantic things you would expect your doll to do.”
Ms Stevenson previously added: “We are seeing the sex doll industry go through a revolution during the COVID-19 pandemic with a huge increase in orders from both couples and male and single females. Couples who have been quarantined together seem to be much more open to trying something new after possibly experimenting more during the lockdown. We are also seeing more single men and women placing orders for the first time; we think this is because they view solo play as a safer alternative to dating apps like Tinder right now.
“What’s interesting about this massive increase in demand is that we are also seeing a changing demographic which is very positive for the sex doll industry and speaks to changing attitudes at home. The traditional stereotype of loners choosing sex dolls as a last resort is totally inaccurate. What we are seeing now is doll use is going mainstream with men and women both enthusiastic about bringing a doll into their bedroom.”
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