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Aldebaran Atelier New Formule

Aldebaran Atelier is renewing itself

On July 2014, two Aldebaran Ateliers opened in Paris and in Tokyo. These places are dedicated entirely to discovering and interacting with our robots, Pepper and NAO. We happily welcomed some of you over the past year. Because we believe, as you do, in a future where interactive robots will walk hand in hand with humans in their everyday lives, we launched the Developer Program this summer. 3,000 people have already joined the adventure and thank you for that! The robot apps market will continue to grow in the coming years and this community will have the ability to help shape it. Today, we want to provide our developer partners with the greatest opportunity for success by offering even more assistance and tools to design anything and everything you can think of. For this reason our Paris Atelier is evolving to become an even more developer-focused space. Basically, every member of the Developer Program can now participate to trainings, either to learn how to develop with NAO and Pepper or to improve a specific feature of development (animation, dialogue, display ect). Trainings are free of charge and are divided into units based on individual level. Want to work and test your applications on Pepper or NAO? Great news, you can now book a session at the Atelier to progress and grow your

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Developers Program Aldebaran

Close-up on the Developer Program

Great news, today we passed the threshold of 6,000 people in the Developer Program! To give you an idea of what this community looks like today, here is a little infographic about the Developer Program.

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Developers Program

Finally, a Developer Program for all!

Hello there. If you’ve logged into the Community recently, you may have noticed a new tab catch your attention. YES, the new Developer Program is finally out and it has been revamped! Indeed, no matter your skill level at programming or the amount of time you want to spend on projects, you will be able to join the beta version of the Aldebaran Developer Program

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NAO at Geekopolis

A week-end at Geekopolis

Last week-end, one of our team participated for the first to Geekopolis, 'the festival of imaginary cultures'. Dedicated to geek culture, the convention gathered during two days more than 15,000 visitors and 200 exhibitors in Paris. The particularity of Geekopolis is the diversity of the universes represented. Not less than five different 'villages' and worlds stand alongside each other: Avalon, dedicated to heroic fantasy and the medieval world Nautilus, the steampunk area Metropolis, for science-fiction and comics Little Tokyo, the Japanese village Teklab, dedicated to new technologies During the week-end, the team ran a booth in the Teklab village. Three NAO robots were accompanying us and introduced to the public.

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NAO Challenge in Germany

As mentioned in a previous article, the NAO Challenge has been going on since September for more than 1300 students across Europe. The German final will be held on thursday 21th in Bochum. For the occasion, we interviewed the IV40 team participating to the contest. Discover what they have been up to the last past months.  1. Your team: What should we know about it? The specificities, members’ profiles, backgrounds and strengths? [Vivian Reinecke] Our team consists of students including all grades, from the 8th up to the 12th grade. All participants are students at the Städt, Mädchengymnasiums in Essen-Borbeck.
[Mrs. Dr. Wolf] The Städt, Mädchengymnasium in Essen-Borbeck is the only high school for girls supported by the government in Nordrhein-Westfalen and consequently a unique institution. We make a huge effort in supporting our students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects as best as possible.
[Jenny Krieger

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How to master Community 3

How to master Community (part 3/3)

As mentioned in our last how to article, there is one more step to master Community’s latest features. In this blog post, we will focus on the forum. This section is growing more and more every day, thanks to you guys J. In order for you to make the most of it, here are a few tips about posting, reading and answering on the forum.       The three-points method to optimize an answer You have a question/issue with Choregraphe or your robot or you simply want to talk about something with the community? You have already checked on the forum and didn’t find any answer or similar topic? Well, it’s time to create a brand new one then!
1: create a new topic Before posting, we will help you make sure there is nothing related to the question you are about to ask. Fill in your topic title and check whether your question hasn’t already been answered or not.
2: check for similar discussions Then, you just have to fill in the differ

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Fears and hopes toward robotics

"Oh poor of us, the robots will take our jobs", "I don't like robots, they are just evil machines that want to terminate us all!", "Robotics ensure a strong economic growth, employement and social cohesion!" "I'm very interested in robotics, especially if it prevent me to do the washing and the cleaning."  Working in robotics, these are the kind of sentences one can hear or read very often. It's quite amazing: from the great and serious international media to small talks at the pub, the same topics are raised over and over. So I began to wonder about this and I came to think about robotics and imagination. 

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NAO Interface Hackathon 2015

Robot mind control and other great NAO hacking: NAO Interfaces 2015

Few weeks ago, we did an interview with Mike McFarlane who introduced us the NAO Interfaces Hackathon. This third hackathon, organized by UKNAO, the UK developers group for NAO, took place at Queen Mary University London from 11-12 April.     As mentioned by Mike, the idea of it was “to bring in developers and geeks from other technology areas outside the robotics field in order to cross-pollinate ideas”.
So during this week-end, more than 50 people gathered to connect new devices to NAO and find new ways of interacting with him. They were welcomed by Dave Snowdon, organizer and member of

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A day at Devoxx4kids

As some of you may know, from April 8th to 10th, Paris’ Palais des Congrès hosted the fourth edition of Devoxx France. During three days, this international event welcomed 2500 persons interested in programming for conferences, meetings and workshops. At Aldebaran, we had the chance to contribute to this with one keynote about the future of robotics, a quick conference explaining why developers should pay attention to robotics and a workshop with NAO. The event lasted from Wednesday to Friday but a new challenge awaited our team at School 42 in Paris on Saturday.  From 10 a.m to 5.30 p.m, fifty budding developers were welcomed to discover and experiment on technologies and tools adapted to kids. This initiative is part of several events organized worldwide by Devoxx4Kids.
'5 reasons why developers should work on robotics' with Emilie at DevoxxFr Devoxx4Kids, programming for kids Devoxx4Kids started when Devoxx members began to think about a way of getting kids into programming, robotics and engineering while showing them how fun technology could be. They started to organize workshops

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NAOqi 2.1.3 update

NAOqi update: 2.1.3 version

Good news everyone, a new version of NAOqi has been released! The version 2.1.3 will be available on April, 15 2015 for NAO' owners. It fixes an important bug that some of you might have encountered on the NAO Evolution robots. It had to do with a continuous flow of diagnosis warning notifications when NAO’s ShoulderPitch motors were getting too hot. To avoid this issue, we strongly recommend you to upgrade your NAO. To set up the upgrade, you can find help in the ‘NAO Upgrade guide’ in the ‘Resources’ section of Community. Talking about user guides, our ‘First Steps with NAO’ guide has been updated and includes now first steps with Webotstm to help you discover this 3D simulation software. We also issued a Boxing NAO guide ! It gives you all the useful tips to safely pack NAO in its box before traveling

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