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Nao

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Nao is a small humanoid robot designed to interact with people. It's packed with sensors (and character) and it can walk, dance, speak, and recognize faces and objects. Now in its sixth generation, it is used in research, education, and healthcare all over the world.

Creator
SoftBank Robotics

(originally created by Aldebaran Robotics, acquired by SoftBank in 2015)

Country
France πŸ‡«πŸ‡·
Year
2008
Type
Humanoids, Research, Education
Creator
SoftBank Robotics

(originally created by Aldebaran Robotics, acquired by SoftBank in 2015)

Country
France πŸ‡«πŸ‡·
Year
2008
Type
Humanoids, Research, Education

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Specs

FEATURES
Latest model: Nao6. Fully programmable platform. Able to track objects and recognize speech. Fall manager (detects falls and triggers protection) and fall recovery (able to stand up on its own). Speech recognition and dialogue available in 20 languages, including English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, Dutch, Portuguese, Czech, Finnish, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish.
HEIGHT
58 cm | 22.8 in
LENGTH
27.5 cm | 10.8 in
WIDTH
31.1 cm | 12.2 in
WEIGHT
5.5 kg | 12.1 lb
SPEED
0.3 km/h | 0.2 mph (default walking speed)

SENSORS
Two 5-megapixel OmniVision cameras, inertial unit with three-axis accelerometer and two gyros, sonar rangefinder, four omnidirectional microphones, two infrared sensors, nine tactile sensors, and eight pressure sensors.
ACTUATORS
25 Portescap brush coreless DC motors
POWER
27.6-Wh lithium-ion battery, 90 minutes of operation
COMPUTING
Intel Atom 1.91 GHz quad-core CPU, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB SSD, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet.
SOFTWARE
Linux OS and Choregraphe suite for programming and visualization.
DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
25 (Head: 2 DoF; Arm: 5 DoF x 2; Pelvis: 1 DoF; Leg: 5 DoF x 2; Hand: 1 DoF x 2)
MATERIALS
Polycarbonate-ABS plastic, polyamide, and carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic. Color: Dark grey.
COST
€7,000
STATUS
Ongoing
WEBSITE
https://www.softbankrobotics.com/

History

Aldebaran Robotics is one of the world's leading companies in the rapidly expanding field of humanoid robotics. Founded in 2005, Aldebaran has offices in France, China, and the United States. In 2008, the company launched the Nao robot, which has become an internationally adopted platform used in education and research. More than 600 top universities, labs, and secondary schools worldwide are working daily with Nao. With the ambitious goal of developing humanoid robots for use by the general public, the company is currently developing practical solutions for everyday life by conducting research in areas such as autistic child therapy, human-robot interaction, and personal robotics. More than 250 people at Aldebaran, including 50 percent in R&D, are involved in the development and production of Nao and future robots. Aldebaran believes that in coming years robots will positively impact our lives just as PCs and mobile devices did during the past three decades, changing the way people learn, work, and communicate. In Aldebaran's vision, a robotic companion to assist humans will no longer be science fiction but a realistic answer to the requirements of an aging society. The company was acquired by SoftBank in 2015.