London - Sex robots will be on sale in the UK within a year and could be owned by hundreds of people, an expert has predicted.
The machines will have facial expressions and the ability to move their heads and hold conversations with their owners.
While they might be popular with single people, Dr Kate Devlin, from Goldsmiths, University of London, thinks they may be bought by couples as well.
Dr Devlin gave a talk on the future of human sexuality at Edinburgh International Science Festival this week. Speaking before the event, she said: "These robots will be bought by people who have a fetish but also by people who have a relationship but their partner is not willing or able to have sex with them.
"They will also be popular with single people seeking companionship. A manufacturer has described having a sex doll as like having a pet and the companionship is a very important part of it. These robots are something to talk to, as well as a sex toy of sorts."