Ms Kelly said the robot has the potential to help fill in the voids of intimacy that tend to come with online dating, particularly a long distance dating.

“When you can see someone face to face, there is a personal element to it,” she said.
She is not blind to the fact that this isn’t exactly a common place practice in the dating world at the moment, but she said you can’t rule it out.

“When online dating started it was considered unorthodox and now that’s the norm.”

Atomic212 use the robot regularly in their office for meetings and are running this competition as a fun social experiment and as a comment on the future of dating.