Sexy is as sexy does... Sega's kissing robot!
If good things come in small packages, then Sega's E.M.A. (which stands for Eternal, Maiden, Actualization and is pronounced "Emma") must be very good indeed. Standing just over 15 inches / 38cm tall, the robot is undeniably female in appearance, actions and even attitude!
Sega designed E.M.A. to be feminine from the start. Unlike other, earlier attempts at designing female robots, E.M.A.'s "glamorous body" (so sez Sega) is curved and creased in all the right places, and by precisely articulating her moveable elbows, shoulders, knees and waist she can (again, Sega's words): "walk like a lady".
Of course, I saved the best for last - E.M.A. has a love mode that turns on once infrared sensors detect an undoubtedly blushing face nearby. The robot will then daintily tilt her head upwards and make a "kiss" sound - "chyu" in Japanese but cute nonetheless. E.M.A. is also programmed to hand out business cards... but you & I both know the love mode is going to get much more use.
E.M.A.'s onboard sensors are powered by batteries and, for those thinking about robocopping a feel, her body is crafted of tough, impact-resistant ABS plastic.
According to the Sega press release, E.M.A. is scheduled to be released in Japan this coming September 26 and will be priced at 18,900 yen (about $175) each. The target audience - adult, according to Sega (and mainly male, I'm guessing) - is expected to buy up to 10,000 fembots in the first year of sales availability. (via CrunchGear)