It's a giant baby robot. It exemplifies everything that's wrong with robotics. Namely, that they exist -- or were born, if you will (L337 baby tie-in FTW!). It shouldn't exist. If I had a time machine I'd go back in time and
make sure it was never created bang dinos. Sorry guys, I've got priorities.
the robot is supposed to model a 1 year old baby and the purpose is to conduct research on how a baby's brain develops. Diego-san's face has about 20 moving parts so that it can communicate with facial expression without being able to talk. It is 130cm tall, weighs 30kg and can stand up from a chair on its own. It can hold a water bottle with its hand. It has a high resolution camera and 6 axis acceleration sensor built in to detect movement. Unfortunately it doesn't say why the head has to be so big. Female researchers contributed to the design and coordination - thus the photo of woman hugging Diego-san.
Pfft. Like you really need a creepy-ass robot to study how a baby's brain develops? Here, let me solve that mystery for you: slowly. I have an eleven-year old who still craps his pants. And before you all get in a huff about scarring my son for life by airing his dirty laundry (God I'm good) on Geekologie, don't worry: he can't even read.
Hit the jump for a larger shot of the baby and his inventor.
Robot Babies Are Always A Mistake [botjunkie]
Thanks to Jason, naas and Spikey DaPikey, who, *PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!!*. Did I get it?