Hackathon NAO - Cité des sciences

NAO Hackathon at La Cité des Sciences (Paris)

For the 2nd time, the Carrefour Numérique organization belonging to Paris’ City of Sciences held a NAO Hackathon in partnership with Aldebaran. From Friday the 24th to Sunday the 26th of October, five teams composed of 5 students and engineers had to work on creating behaviors for the robot with a special topic in mind: the relationships between humans and robots (‘Loving my robot a lot, passionately, not at all’).   A la Cité des Sciences pour la présentation des projets du #HackathonNao #NAOrobot pic.twitter.com/nNZpJkaNjm — Emilie Nérot (@emilienerot) October 26, 2014   Friday m

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JavaOne 2014

From sept 28th to october 2nd, our team attended JavaOne in San Francisco, the biggest conference world-wide dedicated to Java. We wanted to promote our new Java and JavaScript SDKs, since they allow you to create apps even if at the moment, you can’t distribute them through the store. Our agenda was pretty busy: On saturday 27th, we attended a Devoxx4Kids event, that gathered about 150 kids. Fifty of them decided to take the NAO workshop, which was led by developer program member Daniel De Luca. They really enjoyed it, only regretting that it only last for 2 hours.   #Devoxx4Kids event #JavaOne - #NAO robot having fun. pic.twitter.com/29A1RUw5OV — Christian Damsgaard (@Damzgaard) September 28, 2014 On monday 29th, we had 3 hands-on labs of two hours each. Erwan Pinault and Emile Kroeger, both engineers at Aldeb

Pepper Tech Festival

Pepper Tech Festival 2014

On the 20th September was held the Pepper Tech Festival, an event organized by Softbank in Tokyo. There were around 1000 people that could attend it. If most of them were developers, some famous members of the video game and robotics industries were also seen in the audience. The opening was performed by 5 peppers, as you can see on this video. In the conference room, the keynote in the morning was mainly done by SoftBank Robotics CEO Fumihide Tomizawa and Aldebaran CEO Bruno Maisonnier, who shared their vision of a world with robots. In the afternoon, the content was more technical. After a panel talk with several people who already started developing with Pepper, there was an introduction to

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UK NAOConf 2014

This last weekend was held the NAOCONF 2014 in London, the first developer organized un-conference based around NAO in the world. This event was organized by the UK NAO user group that wanted to do something different than their usual hackathons (which are by the way very nice). As Dave Snowdon had some experience of attending unconferences, he suggested this approach which is an opportunity for likeminded individuals to get together. The first evening started well with an ice-breaking moment where everyone could chat and enjoyed a drink or two. Every morning, people proposed what they would like to talk about. Everyone attending was then voting on the talks they wanted to hear. Thus, there were a few formal keynotes planned but most of the event was filled with talks proposed and prepared by the attendees. There were several formats: full talks around 1 hour, short lightning talks around 10 minutes and workshops and discussions around 1 hour. And every day ended with panel discussions on subjects such as robot emotions and feelings and what future can we imagine for NAO and the role of the community in that one.


Opening the world first Aldebaran Atelier Paris

Last night in Paris, we opened the door of our first Aldebaran Atelier. The first of its kind, it's a place where you can meet Pepper and NAO and interact with them, wether as a complete beginner or as an advanced developer. We've got a discovery area, a learning space with PCs where you can use Choregraphe 2.1, and a developer corner where you can work on your apps, test them on NAO and Pepper and get help from our experts. Bruno Maisonnier officially cut the ribbon after a speech in which he expressed his vision for robotics' future and Aldebaran's place in it. We believe in a future where millions of people will own a robot, where they will become a unique place in our lives, and will be a new platform for video games and entertainment among other fields. Bruno also announced we've just recruited our 500th employee, a few days before our 9th anniversary. As a developer, this place is


NAO UK User Group, second impact

For the second time this year, the NAO UK user group organized its meeting last Saturday to talk about the latest projects, NAO’s evolutions and the future of robotics. Seven developers gathered at the Red Lion Pub in the center of London (obviously, the British way): Dave Snowdon, Mike McFarlane, Carl Clement, Christie Nel, Joe Palmer, Davide La Sala and Alan Rushforth. From left to right: Jean-Philippe Chatain, Alan Rushforth, Carl Clement, Joe Palmer and Christie Nel. Aldebaran was also there with Emilie Nérot from the Community Management team and Jean-Philippe Chatain, former trainee at Aldebaran and NAO lover. We already knew that UK NAO Devs were part of a key user group. Considering the various events they plan to organize this year and in 2015, it is now certain that they are one of the most active NAO user group in the world. Moreover, those upcoming events should interest a wider public than usually but we cannot say more for the moment.


NAO at GeeCon and Hacktory

We spent last week in Krakow to take part in several events we were invited to. “We” is Nicolas & Cédric from the community team, Erwan, our Java specialist, and of course NAO! First up was a workshop at Hackerspace Krakow. To introduce NAO and Choregraphe to this local hacker community, we took them through the Devoxx 4 Kids workshop. The workshop may have been created with kids in mind but it’s also great for adults, who may just get through it a little quicker, obviously. Next was Geecon, a 3 day Java conference with over a thousand developers. NAO got, as usual, a lot of positive attention from the attendees. We actually had a couple of NAOs on the floor playing soccer at some point, but the best part was getting to meet the developers, discussing NAO and robotics with them, and even, in Erwan’s case, getting help on Java to stream NAO’s camera feed to an Android phone. NAO may have enjoyed best getting behind Luxoft’s guitar hero drum kit :


NAO cheering Developers for the biggest French coding contest

Last Thursday, NAO and the Aldebaran Team attended a very special event in the French coding world that is to say the biggest coding contest of the year: Meilleur Dev de France.

The event was held at 42, a new coding and engineering school founded by the successful entrepreneur Xavier Niel. The contest gathered around 1000 developers from various companies and schools for a 3 hours marathon from 8pm to 11pm. Ready to code? NAO was there to cheer them on (he has some sympathy toward developers ). Aymeric Weinbach (aka Zecloud) from the Developer Community was also here to show how he can make the most of NAO’s possibilities as an individual developer. Aymeric made some demonstrations of his h


Showcase your NAO at Maker Faire

  On June 21 & 22, Paris will host its first Maker Faire. And you, as a NAO developer, are invited! Maker Faires are held around the world to gather makers, people who are willing and able to create (mostly) physical objects or to hack hardware in the spirit of DIY (Do It Yourself)... It’s something you should understand pretty well as a NAO developer. So Maker Faire Paris is welcoming NAO developers wishing to come and showcase their robots and what they’re doing with them, as already done during several Maker Faires by Carlos Asmat, one of our most active developers. Carlos won’t be able to attend this particular event, though he’s telling us great things about those he already attended. If like Carlos you’re not in Paris in June, you may also have a look at the upcoming Maker Faires in your region.

If you’re interested in attending one of these events, please contact the Aldebaran commmunity team !


Participate in a NAO webinar

NAO is not just the friendliest robot around : he's also an ever evolving platform and a fully interactive one, so it can be daunting to apprehend all that you can do with him. With that in mind, we've launched a series of webinars focusing on various features and capabilities of NAO, and how you can use them in a teaching environment, or for research. Several webinars on subjects varying from the Python SDK to special education are already availaible, and you can also subscribe to future ones here.

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