The new robo Diego-san is a halfu/haafu/ biracial baby bot from the alien depths of the Uncanny Valley*.
Diego-san, a baby robot with ‘tude
KurzweilAI / January 10, 2013
UCSD (University of California, San Diego) has introduced Diego-san, a new humanoid robot who mimicks the expressions of a one-year-old child…to be used in studies on sensory-motor and social development — how babies “learn” to control their bodies and to interact with other people.
Diego-san‘s hardware was developed by two leading robot manufacturers: the head by Hanson Robotics and the body by Japan’s Kokoro Company…more...
Note: Even though Diego-san‘s mother was Japanese (Kokoro Co.), he really should be called Diego-chan since he’s designed to mimic a one-year-old infant. In Japanese, “-san” means Mr/Ms and “-chan” is the honorific for a child.
The 3Yen has covered the kimoi/creepy bots of Japan’s Kokoro Company many times before including…
• Robo-girl fashion makeover (3Yen / 2010-04-04)
• ‘i-Fairy’ robot — obviously from Japan (3Yen / 2010-01-08)
• i-doloids! Love Dolls of Japan ↓ (3Yen / 2008-01-04)