Scientist cooks up virtual sex technology

Dominic Choy of Cammeray, New South Wales is in the process of creating a life-sized sex doll, complete with imitation skin, that is fully controlled over a computer system, the UK-based New Scientist magazine reported in its January 20 issue.

Choy applied last April for a patent on the technology and was granted US patent WO 00/59581 in October, according to the patent application.

Using signals from the Internet as well as sound and touch sensors, the apparatus would allow a user wearing a virtual reality headset to have virtual sex with someone in another part of the world also online or with a person of the user's imagination, such as a celebrity, the patent backgrounder suggests.

The doll itself will be essentially passive, but certain key body parts would be motor driven, the patent says.

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