January 25, 2010

Diego-San's Creator Takes Offense


After several blogs made derogatory comments about UCSD's Diego-San's creepy face, including us, the team leader decided to vocally fight back on Bot Junkie. Here are some of his comments,

"I am Javier Movellan, the guy in the picture with Diego San and the leader of Project One at the University of California San Diego. What you see in the picture was the finished body of Diego San and the first prototype of the face. The body is an amazing piece of engineering that will challenge the limits of control theory and will help us move towards a better understanding of biological motion.

The face on the other hand was an obvious mistake and we are working on a new design. But remember the face is just a silicon mask that can be easily changed. It is unfortunate that the pictures of the old face were made public. I actually thought that the pictures were going to be for an internal leaflet and not to be made public. Then again that's what robotic research is about. You make mistakes, learn from the experience and make your prototype better the next time."

At the very least, Diego-San is getting attention. Dr. Movellan, we apologize and hope that you release your clever bot with a new face ASAP. We will do our best to circulate those as well. Until then, lighten up.

Via Bot Junkie

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at January 25, 2010 9:00 AM
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you are all correct and i appreciate your comments, none of which are trivial. in my cynical way i just thought he took the face teasing from all of us too seriously and expressed same. we are eagerly awaiting diego-san's new face!

Posted by: sheila at February 4, 2010 5:31 PM

I agree with the person who said "what's up with the lighten up comment". The guy wasn't nasty. He is a logical thinker and realized his mistakes and is rectifying it. Don't get me wrong, I love this blog but felt I needed to say something about that as trivial as it may seem.

Posted by: Jim at February 3, 2010 6:51 AM

What's with telling the guy to lighten up?
He said the face was mistake and a new one
was being worked on. Is this what you label
as "fighting back"?

Maybe he said some things on Bot Junkie
that was aggressive in tone which wasn't
presented here. Anyone have a link to the
Bot Junkie webpage?

found it up on Google:

Ha ha ha so many troll-like comments
on that post. Javier Movellan came
across very well in my opinion, and
I'm glad he sees a need to change
the face's appearance. All he needs
to do is give some baby food ads to
the sculptor as reference for some
cute baby faces.

Posted by: krakit at January 26, 2010 3:50 AM
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