It's like something right out of science fiction: a robot girlfriend, so convincing that a real-live human could fall in love with her - I mean "it!"
There may be truth to the rumor that China's e-commerce site Taobao (often called "China's Amazon") sells everything you can think of - as long as it's not illegal. Need proof? Just ask someone who has purchased the services of a virtual girlfriend.
That's right, I said "virtual girlfriend." For roughly $3 dollars per day, the China-based site claims you can hire a robot girlfriend (or boyfriend) you can speak with by phone or chat with online. The idea is to give users the feeling they are in love.
While there are different options "services" available to order, the basics include wake-up calls, text and voice messages, phone calls and goodnight wishes.
What are the relationship limitations to a virtual girlfriend/boyfriend?
Well, initial contact comes in the form of a voice message (or call, I suppose, if you answer it) that explains, "This call is to prove that I am not a boy, nor a robot. Also, please leave out anything erotic in our conversations."