The outbreak of the novel Coronavirus has led to a loss in sales for some businesses while other businesses have made more sales than they made last year in just a few months.
The adult-toy business has reported a huge increase in sales which has prompted a drive to develop new toys that will satisfy their customers more.
This increase and development of new toys were announced by Sex Doll Genie co-founder Janet Stevenson who said they are struggling to keep on top of orders, having seen “hundreds” more enquiries in recent months. The majority of Sex Doll Genie’s stock are non-electronic dolls.
In a report by The Daily Mirror, Stevenson said customers range from single men, whose orders have risen by 51.6% over February and March, to couples who bought 33.2% more year-on-year in April.
In her words:
Couples who have been quarantined together seem to be much more open to trying something new after possibly experimenting more during the lockdown. We are also seeing more single men and women placing orders for the first time; we think this is because they view solo play as a safer alternative to dating apps like Tinder right now.
The high demands in the business have led the adult firm to plan a recruitment drive because they are struggling to keep up with the requests and demands.
Apart from this, the company is planning to develop new toys that can interact with its users.
Fellow Sex Doll Genie co-founder, Amit, told the Daily Star Online they are planning to supply sex robots that breathe and have a human-like heartbeat.
In his words:
For one of the brands we have now, it’s called AI AI-Tech, who has taken the next leap and have added some AI to it. There is one coming out by the end of this year where you can hear the heartbeat and hear them breathe. I haven’t seen them used on a person yet, they are still in production, but we are getting to the point where we can call them a sex robot, but technically they are sex dolls as well. I’m waiting for a way you can just plug in your Alexa or Siri into your doll, and your doll will just start talking to you. We already have that technology in our pockets, we just haven’t used them for a doll yet. These are just plans, nothing official yet, but we’re tinkering along with how we can put dolls in a mode where they can just talk to you, or flirt with you, all those romantic things you would expect your doll to do.