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5 questions about Romeo

Romeo is Aldebaran's second robot. Much taller than NAO, Romeo is destined to help elderly people, and he's being developped in our offices. We gave the opportunity to our forum members to ask questions about Romeo to Rodolphe Gélin, head of collaborative projects at Aldebaran, and here are his answers : Is Romeo going to be strictly aimed for the care of the elderly or do you see it targeted as a common household servant? Romeo is partly funded by collaborative projects dedicated to assistance to elderly people. So we are putting a special focus on assistance for elderly people : memory, locomotion, safety but also entertainment. And because we believe in the concept of “design for all”  (what is useful for some should be useful for everyone), we keep in mind that elderly people will not be the only users of our robots. But as for Nao, we don’t want to see Romeo mainly as a servant but as a companion that cares of its human friends. Of course, the size of Romeo will offer new capabilities to it (see next question). What physical capabilities will Romeo have? Will he be able to open close doors, move and l

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NAO's Mission to Mars

When the day finally comes for man to land on Mars, NAO will be ready to accompany them in their exploration of the red planet. NAO has joined an international crew of analog astronauts, as an 8th member of the crew, for a two weeks simulated mission to Mars. At the Mars Desert Research Station, in the high desert of Utah, the crew performed multiple experiments in the most realistic conditions. NAO acted as their companion and Yoga trainer. He also assisted in a telesurgery experiment. “In our relatively short, two week mission, we will use the NAO to lay the foundation for longer-term, human / robot interactions studies” said Dr. Susan Jewell, M.D., Executive Officer and Medical Officer. “As the fastest trip to Mars will be no less than eight months duration, one-way, something like the NAO will be a valuable companion for the few-in-number, human crews. We hope to consider the NAO as our eighth crew member by the time we return from a simulated Mars.” You can learn more about the mission and follow the captain’s blog at http://marscrew134.org/ Robots like the Mars Exploration Rover have already prece

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Nighthacking worldwide... starring NAO

Stephen Chin of steveonjava.com is the creator of the NightHacking events, during which the Java community gets together and, fueled by enthusiasm and cafeine, hacks all night long. Here’s what the first worldwide nighthacking event looked like. The second worldwide NightHacking event will take place on February 20th, and Aldebaran Robotics will partner with him to introduce Choregraphe and NAO to  the Java community all around the world! Do you have robot ? As a member of our developper program or an academic, even if you’re not a member of the Java community, you can participate in this event and showcase your Choregraphe skills, develop an app along with the Java developers and offer your help. Register on meetup.com and join your local JUG or create a public meeting in your city to gather with other developers and make some awesome apps!

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Interview with Audrick Fausta « Combination about dance and robotics »

Audrick Fausta have been a mechatronics engineer at Aldebaran Robotics. During his free time, he worked with NAO by combining his passions, robotics and hip hop dance. In October 2013, he made a choregraphy with NAO, the result was bluffing! Just look at that! Prototype episode 02 : Alpha Tauri from Audrick on Vimeo. We had the chance to make an interview with him. He explained how to realize a choregraphy with NAO, only with Choregraphe software and what he feels like to dance with a robot. We invite you to discover this interview! Enjoy!

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