Diego-san is a humanoid designed to study cognitive development. It's modeled after a 1-year-old baby, except it has a giant head to accommodate all the hardware that powers its expressive face.
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Diego-san uses 27 servo motors to control his expressive face.
In 2010, researchers at the Machine Perception Laboratory at UCSD, led by professor Javier Movellan, started developing Diego-san to study cognitive and social development in infants. The humanoid robot is modeled after a 1-year-old baby, with its body built by Japanese animatronic company Kokoro and its head created by Hanson Robotics, a company founded by roboticist David Hanson that specializes in ultra-realistic humanoid robots. The robot was activated in 2013, and it featured high definition cameras in the eyes and 27 servo motors controlling his expressive face.