Arran Lee Squire, 36, was horrified by the way the sex robot was treated.
The maker of a £3,500 sex robot has hit out at ‘barbarians’ who damaged the doll during an electronics fair.
Indignant Arran Lee Squire said he was stunned by the rough treatment the robot suffered at the hands of ‘over-excited’ punters.
He took the hyper realistic sex contraption, named Samantha, to the Arts Electronica Festival in Linz, but said the experience proved a huge letdown, the Daily Post reports.
The 36-year-old, from Holyhead in Wales, spent nearly four years working with creator Dr Sergi Santos on the robot, which uses artificial intelligence to interact with ‘partners’.
The sex robot attracted a lot of attention at the fair in Austria
The pair were at the show, but were shocked to find her damaged after being left on display on the final day.
Arran said: “There was so much interest at the festival, people were really interested in how she worked, especially after all the media attention she has received.
“We were there for two days and everything was fine, but then had to leave on the last day and she was left just on display.
Arran has appeared on ITV’s This Morning with the robot, named Samantha (Image: ITV/THIS MORNING)
“When we got here back it was clear she had been roughly treated which is not how she should be handled, she should be treated with respect.
“There was damage to the neck and mouth, my business partner described these people as ‘barbarians’. This is not how she should be treated, she has sensors all over her body and needs a gentle touch.
“I think people have just become over-excited and treated her like a sex doll, she isn’t a sex doll, she is a robot with AI.
“We have been able to repair her so she is okay.”
The sex robot has attracted a lot of media attention, He said the media interest has generated additional sales, with couples and older people among those who have bought them. He added that the most sales were to single men.
Arran, whose firm is called Synthea Amatus, said people have dubbed them “strange” and “perverts” for the project.
But the dad of two hit back at his critics and said his wife Hannah Nguyen has always been supportive.
He said: “We get some strange reactions when we tell people what we are doing, but we are not perverts and these dolls are not for perverts.
“They can be used for normal professional couples.”
They are now working on a male version.