He can smile, stick his head out to the side in a cheeky sort of way, and for a short moment you can almost forget that he’s a robot and not a human. Nao is one of the highlights of robotics research. He’s a very impressive autonomous robot – not just because of his design, but also because of his abilities and applications. In the RoboCup 2009 in Graz, he’ll play in the Standard Platform League for the first time – this is where teams play football against each other using the same robots.
Intelligent and amiable
Nao, who was originally presented as an entertainment robot in his first version in 2005, comes from “Aldebaran Robotics”, a French robotics company. The “fun robot” was made into a valuable partner for robotics research and teaching in the “Academics” and “RoboCup” editions.
Based on a Linux platform and freely programmable, Nao has an abundance of application possibilities and features. With an integrated computer and WLAN function, he can establish a secure internet connection and upload and download data. Nao can recognise and localise voices, reproduce any manner of sound via a sound system, record and send photos and videos, recognise faces and coloured objects, and he can vocalise a variety of texts by means of text-to-speech function, such as emails which have been sent to him directly. And of course he can move. Thanks to 25 degrees of freedom, in other words axis movements, Nao can carry out plenty of movements. He can walk, sit, stand up, turn round, reach out to objects with his hands, turn his head, dance, kick and avoid obstacles. All by himself and completely autonomously.
Nao – Technical Data
Body and Multimedia
58 centimetres high
Two digital cameras
25 different possibilities of movement
Inertia sensor for high stability
Sonar for recognising obstacles
Thomas Knoll and Erik Arlen
Linux, Windows XP, Mac OS X
Programmed in URBI Script, C, C++, Python
Integrated computer and WiFi connection
Internet connection for downloading and broadcasting
Text-to-speech function from e.g. text messages, emails, books, newspapers, etc.
Mag. Alice Senarclens de Grancy
Tel 0316 873 6006
Mobil 0664 60 873 6006