Humanoid Robot NAO Enters the Classroom!

Aldebaran Robotics, Academia's leading partner in Humanoid Robots worldwide, creates a special new offer dedicated to teaching.

Jun 28, 2010, 09:00 ET from Aldebaran Robotics

DENVER, June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- NAO Academics has been available for only two years, but more than 700 models have already been sold to 200 of the most prestigious universities in the world. NAO's proven track record with academia and research has convinced Aldebaran Robotics that the time is ripe to introduce NAO to higher education.

NAO is the first versatile and programmable humanoid robot that STEM students use as a standard platform. Its user-friendly programming environment, used by programming beginners and experts alike, includes the visual programming software Choregraphe and a 3D simulator along with numerous APIs. A step-by-step guide helps both students and teachers to easily master NAO, thus rapidly energizing science and engineering classes.

Aldebaran Robotics offers a wide product line at prices ranging from euro 1000 to euro 12000, adaptable to many fields such as robotics, electronics, programming or human robot interaction. "Thanks to NAO, students and teachers will be able to have fun learning science, while they outline the jobs of the future," states Bruno Maisonnier, CEO of Aldebaran Robotics.

Aldebaran Robotics is fully dedicated to helping its academic partners create and spread new knowledge about robotics, and to get the most out of their NAO. "In order to democratize robotics, we have also chosen to make a special effort to help innovative and ambitious projects that use NAO for education come to life," said Bruno Maisonnier.  

The Aldebaran Program for Education is created with that motivation in mind: members of the Program will receive important subsidies to finance their projects, and have a privileged access to training and support. A community dedicated to education, with easy-to-use and innovative sharing tools, will let members of the program share content in order to make teaching with NAO easier than ever. 

Aldebaran Robotics will present NAO and the Aldebaran Program for Education during ISTE conference, from June 27th to 30th in Denver, Colorado, US.

Aldebaran Robotics is a 5-year old start-up from Paris that has the ambitious goal of offering in the near future humanoid robots to the general public. Its' first product, the NAO robot, is a 58-cms tall humanoid robot who is already a world-famous star in the Academic and Humanoid Robotics market.

Since 2008, Aldebaran Robotics has been providing NAO robots to 200 of the most prestigious universities in the world: Stanford, Harvard, Supelec, Ecole des Arts et Metiers, KAIST in Korea, Tsukuba University in Japan...  NAO is currently in use in 27 different countries, and 85% of our sales are made abroad.

Aldebaran Robotics brings together more than 100 people, including 45 engineers and PhDs that are involved in the development and production of the robot. We are currently opening subsidiaries in Shanghai and in the United States so as to be closer to our customers.

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