DESCRIPTION: Diego-San is 130cm tall and weights 30 kg. Not only does it look like a one year-old but it also acts like one. The robot was made to reproduce a child’s reactions and thinking thanks to an AI modeled on human babies. Its eyes are equipped with HD cameras so it can see the world around it and learn from it. His face, made of 27 moving parts, enables it to have a wide range of facial expressions. Machine Perception Lab’s goal is to create systems that can perceive and interact with humans to gain more insight on the functioning of the brain.
AMUSEMENT RATE: Crossing the uncanny valley is never a nice experience. Humanoid robots make us uncomfortable as we cannot know whether we are looking at a human or a machine. This robot goes even further by mimicking a child. Diego-San is one ugly baby but his amazing facial expressions make up for it. I can’t wait for it to reach the adolescent stage. The teenage angst of a robot must something quite special.