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Single and lonely? Now you can buy an 'invisible boyfriend' (or girlfriend)

Single and lonely? Now you can buy an 'invisible boyfriend' (or girlfriend)
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If you're single, then you'll definitely know that there's no "app" for that. There are dating websites, sure, but what're you supposed to do when your married friends whip out their smartphones to start texting their significant other?

Well, "Invisible Boyfriend" (girlfriend version is also available) has finally made an app for singles. This app won't 3-D print you a lover, but it will send texts like one.

Developed by Matthew Homann and Kyle Tabor, Invisible Boyfriend charges a monthly fee to send texts, voicemails and even handwritten notes directly to your phone.

It may sound like a joke, but the app was built to help convince family and friends that you've finally settled down. It even solicits the selfies that it sends to your phone from real people rather than stock images.

BetaBeat, a Silicon Valley news site, spoke with Homann about how the app works:

We needed to know: how does the service generate text messages and voicemails that seem real? We should make it clear that users don’t just receive generic, robotic texts; the messages read like they come from a human, and your Invisible partner will actually respond if you text them back.

Mr. Homann said the recipe is a “secret sauce,” but hinted that “you can tell in many cases there’s a real person on the other end of the message.”

“One of our users,” he said, “[has] actually told us she’s texted her Invisible Boyfriend practicing things she might say to a young man she might meet in St. Louis that she’s interested in.”

Hey, I can't fault people wanting to brush up on their digital dating skills. Tech moves fast. Want to see exactly how fast? Check out the craziest gadgets that I found at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.

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