Never one to be satisfied with merely producing video games, Sega has unveiled its latest toy: a robot girlfriend that can kiss on command for lonely adult men. Seriously. I can't decide if this is cutting edge, over the line, or the way that humanity will end. Fun-On has the news and the photos (relax, the pictures are not entirely inappropriate).
Sega, best known for its home video game consoles, has introduced a 15-inch tall robotic 'girlfriend' that kisses on command, with a target market of lonely adult men. The robot, named "EMA", which stands for Eternal Maiden Actualization, is designed to pucker up for nearby human heads, entering "love mode" using a series of infrared sensors powered by battery.
"Strong, tough and battle-ready are some of the words often associated with robots, but we wanted to break that stereotype and provide a robot that's sweet and interactive," said Minako Sakanoue, a spokeswoman for the maker, Sega Toys to Reuters news agency. "She's very lovable and though she's not a human, she can act like a real girlfriend."
Sure, this looks like fun now, but as time goes on Sega will start adding insufferable robot friends to the product line until the whole thing implodes on itself under the sheer weight of extra robots that nobody wants to kiss. We want to make out with EMA, not all of her worthless friends!
EMA was announced last year, but I felt the punchline was too much fun to not take advantage of it.