Sex Tech: This Robot Can Actually Have An Orgasm

Meet Samantha - "she" can tell you jokes, encourage you to go to the gym, and even have an orgasm.

Sex robots will be hitting the market soon, and every week, it seems like manufacturers on the cutting edge of technology and pleasure are promising a new feature. The makers of Synthea Amatus's "Samantha" doll, which just hit the market in the United Kingdom, claim the doll has a highly specialized cluster of sensors and an "artificial G-spot," which allows the robot to simulate an orgasm. The website for the doll claims that it can respond to its users' desires, and it also has a host of non-sexual features, like telling jokes and quoting philosophy.

But even though the makers of the doll claim it comes close to offering the real thing, there's one area where Samantha falls woefully short. The problem lies in the creators' misrepresentation of female anatomy. While Samantha can "orgasm" from G-spot stimulation, that's not how most human women reach orgasm at all.

According to Sergi Santos, a spokesperson for Synthea Amatus, Samantha's G-spot is "near the labia, approximately 2 centimeters inside," and that she "feels it" when it's pressed. "Each doll is slightly different, so you need to master each doll's G-spot," he said in an email to Men's Health.

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While this sounds cool, it's not exactly anatomically accurate. It's not clear whether human women even have G-spots to begin with. While some researchers claim to have identified the exact position of the G-spot, a 2014 study in the Journal of Clinical Anatomy found that there was no real scientific evidence to support its existence. The same study found that women's orgasms are most likely to be produced by stimulating the clitoris, not via penetrative sex. Science backs that up: according to a study from earlier this year, 73 percent of women said they needed direct stimulation on their clitoris (which has many of the same nerve endings as the male penis) to reach orgasm during sex.

Santos says that penetration alone is not enough to bring Samantha to orgasm: "You need to touch her breasts, maybe kiss her on the mouth, or have oral (penis in mouth) or touch [her] hands, or tell her 'I love you,' and stuff like that." But it's unclear whether Samantha has a clitoris, or if she reaches orgasm from clitoral stimulation, as the majority of human women do.

The ultra-realistic, high-tech robot isn't cheap: the Daily Dot reports that it's currently selling for US$4,713(S$6,394) in two sex shops in the U.K. For that much cash, you'd think a sex robot would deliver a truly realistic experience. But if the robot only has an orgasm via penetrative sex, then whoever uses it might draw the conclusion that that's how most human women reach orgasm, which might create bad habits in the bedroom.

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Of course, if Samantha is just supposed to be used as a masturbation device, then it doesn't really matter how she (it?) reaches orgasm — but Arran Lee Squire, one of the robot's co-creators, doesn't view her that way. He says that he sees Samantha as a part of a healthy couple or individual's sex life.

“We are not perverts, and these dolls are not for perverts,” Squire said. “They can be used for normal, professional couples; people can have a threesome with the dolls, and we have tried it out ourselves. There is nothing weird about the doll, and it is to help people, not replace women.”

So before you start sex robot shopping, check out tips for how to pleasure a woman. They'll probably be much more helpful than a synthetic practice partner.

By Jack Crosbie; images courtesy of Synthea Amatus

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