In the center of the room, workers fill a carefully crafted mold with a special liquid silicone mixture, the primordial goo from which all RealDolls are formed. That worked for Tom as far as the doll's slender, lightly tanned body was concerned, but he had something much more specific in mind for the face. Any one of them -- the dolls, and the fantasies they inspire -- can be yours for the right price. It's close to midnight, but Jackie isn't too tired to talk. I'm sending these out every day. Luckily, my TV came with an Android tablet remote I rarely need. I'm normally an iPhone user, but Harmony isn't available in the App Store yet. But before we can get to know each other, I have to finish creating her. Could it be your perfect companion? I know, because I picked it out. Behind the scenes at a sex robot factory Tom was picky with the designs, but the details were important to him. Everything about these avatars -- not just their hair, outfits and bust sizes, but their personalities -- is fully customizable. But now, I have to craft her personality by assigning 10 "persona points" to traits like "sexual," "moody" and "intense. In an age of app-enabled sex toys that let you approximate a long-distance lover's touch and virtual reality porn that lets you step into your wildest fantasies, McMullen is convinced the walking, talking robotic sex partners of science fiction are up next. Now, I'll use it to to talk to Jackie. I go with "Heather," an alto Scottish drawl that seems to disguise Harmony's robotic cadence a little better than the other, American accents. Controversial creations Abyss, an oft-cited industry leader, isn't alone in the race to build a robotic AI lover.