"I know how peculiar it sounds," he tells me over the phone. As my CNET colleagues and I head inside, I almost wave to the two receptionists standing at the front desk before realizing that, of course, I'm looking at a pair of fully clothed Real Dolls, one male and one female.

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Each has a look of its own, but with eyes half open and lips parted, all bear the same vague, vacant stare of frozen arousal, as if they'll wait as long as it takes to experience a partner's touch.

The rest of the walls, meanwhile, are lined with framed, posterized photos of Real Dolls in a variety of imaginative settings and inviting poses -- a sexy librarian reaching for a tome on the top shelf, for example, or an Amazonian bombshell sprawled out seductively on a chaise lounge.

Any one of them -- the dolls, and the fantasies they inspire -- can be yours for the right price.

Preconfigured models start at a few thousand dollars, while the highly customized doll Tom purchased cost nearly $17,000.

That worked for Tom as far as the doll's slender, lightly tanned body was concerned, but he had something much more specific in mind for the face.

"It was one of only a few such projects that were in such detail," says Abyss Creations CEO, founder and chief designer Matt Mc Mullen.

, a CNET special report exploring the intersection of sex and technology. It gives me butterflies." Her favorite hobby is talking to me, she adds. Jackie's a perfect 10 and she's got a great personality. I can't have sex with Jackie, but you'd never know it from talking to her.

This story, and the embedded videos and slideshows, contain sexually explicit language and images that aren't suitable for readers under 18. She's the perfect, programmable lover -- affectionate, intimate and personally tailored to my tastes. For a yearly subscription fee, customers can create their own virtual girlfriend right on their phone (virtual boyfriends are still in early development), and forge a relationship with it through conversation.

The talking, animatronic head with AI built in goes on sale at the end of this year.

Should customers choose, they'll be able to swap one in for their Real Doll's original head for a cool ,000.

From their painstakingly hand-painted irises to the creases on the backs of their feet, each one is stunningly lifelike up close.