DE­MAND RISES FOR ADULT DOLL

North Wales firm wanted:

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Owen Hughes

THE mak­ers of an ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence sex ro­bot want a com­pany in North Wales to man­u­fac­ture the heads.

Ar­ran Lee Squire, 36, from Holy­head, spent nearly four years work­ing with cre­ator Dr Sergi San­tos on “Sa­man­tha”, which uses AI to in­ter­act with users.

The ro­bot – which re­acts to the touch and voice of users – went to mar­ket this sum­mer and gained huge me­dia at­ten­tion, help­ing to drive sales.

This means there is now a need to step up pro­duc­tion of the ro­bots, which re­tail for around £3,500.

Mr Squire is de­ter­mined to find a firm in the lo­cal area to man­u­fac­ture the heads of the dolls, which have their bod­ies made in China.

“We are look­ing to mass pro­duce the head for Sa­man­tha,” he said. “We are hav­ing so many or­ders and are strug­gling to meet de­mand.

“We would very much like a com­pany in North Wales to mass pro­duce the head, in­clud­ing skull elec­tron­ics.”

Sa­man­tha has ap­peared at Euro­pean elec­tron­ics fairs, some­times at­tract­ing too much at­ten­tion as some ea­ger pun­ters –dubbed “bar­bar­ians” by Dr San­tos – have treated the doll too roughly.

It has worked to drive up de­mand and they now want man­u­fac­tur­ers to ap­proach them if they are in­ter­ested in work­ing with their firm, Synthea Ama­tus, which is also see­ing a hike in de­mand for its stan­dard sex dolls.

Mr Squire added: “We would choose the best com­pany and award the con­tract to them.

“Ba­si­cally, we need the whole head man­u­fac­tured to fit in the cir­cuit boards.

“We need the skull to be made with fix­tures to as­sem­ble com­po­nents and speaker.

“In short, we need a man­u­fac­turer to pro­duce and as­sem­ble with our com­pleted de­signs.

“Cur­rently we are 3D print­ing the skull and do­ing all as­sem­bling in Barcelona.

“The body is made in a fac­tory we have a col­lab­o­ra­tion with in China. We are look­ing to pro­duce around 5,000 heads.”

Mr Squire has pre­vi­ously said that peo­ple have dubbed them “strange” and “per­verts” for the project.

But the dad-of-two hit back at his crit­ics and said his wife Han­nah Nguyen has al­ways been sup­port­ive.

Ar­ran Lee Squire, 36, from Holy­head has helped de­velop a sex ro­bot

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