NAO is the most used humanoid robot for research and academic purposes around the globe. Made by Aldebaran Robotics, they have chosen to provide NAO’s technology to any high education program. NAO (pronounced “now”) is fully interactive, fun, statically involving and is the standard platform for teaching robotics to students of all levels.
It is a user-friendly programming sequence that makes it very easy for teachers and students to learn from at any programming level. Equipped with educational kits, learning from simple visual programming to in depth embedded modules, the versatility of NAO provides the users with a mass amount of programming complexity and experience. In fact, reports from teachers around the world believe humanoid robots such as NAO have a huge impact on the way their students learn. Its more visually stimulating and fun to use. Its a fascinating source making any teachers lesson plans more motivating.
The Tech Specs on NAO H21 & H25 are thus; around 58 cm tall, weighs 4.8 kg and has about 90 min of battery with constant walking (including 21 to 25 degrees of freedom). On the inside of NAO is a x86 AMD GeodeMHz CPU with built in Linux OS (compatible with Windows and Mac OS). The programming languages are C++, C, Python, Urbi and .Net. There are two CMOS 640×480 cameras for vision on NAO and connects by either Ethernet or WiFi. NAO comes in three different assemblies and price ranges, the NAO T2 $4,160 USD (Ideal for visual and audio interaction), NAO T14 $6,800 USD (Complex movement and prehensile capabilities), NAO H21 & H25 $15,999 USD (fully autonomous humanoid robot).
Turns out, this is one of the very few fully autonomous robots on the market for research and academic purposes. NAO is grabbing the tech world by the handle and pushing it forward for tomorrows technology. Check out the video below for a close up look of NAO in action.