Jan 11, 2013

UCSD's robot baby Diego-san

A new android infant has been born thanks to the University of California San Diego's Machine Perception Lab. The lab received funding from the National Science Foundation to contract Kokoro Co. Ltd. and Hanson Robotics, two companies that specialize in building lifelike animatronics and androids, to build a replicant based on a one year old baby. 
Eventually tactile sensors will be added to give Diego-san a sense of touch

Diego-san's pneumatic joints have similar dynamics to those of human muscles allowing it to stand up from a seated position and more


































UCSD's infant robot, Diego-san, appears to smile thanks to its expressive head designed by Hanson Robotics




































UCSD's infant robot, Diego-san, frowns using some of its head's 27 servo motors




































UCSD's infant robot, Diego-san, can make a variety of facial expressions thanks to Hanson Robotics' patented "Frubber" skin


































UCSD's infant robot, Diego-san, can make a variety of facial expressions thanks to Hanson Robotics' patented "Frubber" skin



































Surprise - UCSD's infant robot, Diego-san, opens its eyes like saucers on command

Dr. Javier Movellan, UCSD Machine Perception Lab, stands next to an incomplete Diego-san (with a computer-rendered head)

A quick cuddle with the robot infant Diego-san at Kokoro Co. Ltd., a company which specializes in realistic animatronics and androids


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