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Programing NAO with Choregraphe

We were at Makerland in Warsaw last week to introduce NAO and Choregraphe to the Polish maker community.  Céline and Jessica from Aldebaran animated a workshop for the attendees, and we were lucky enough to have Stephen Chin, Java Evangelist, film this session for us. So if you've never programmed NAO or simply need a refresher on the fundamentals of Choregraphe, this video will be the perfect tutorial for you :

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Shaping the world with Valentin, animator at Aldebaran

Today we are opening a new series of articles focused on what our teams do to improve our robots and the world of robotics. It's not necessarily obvious to all of you what over 350 geeks are working on at Aldebaran everyday. This interview series will try to clarify that for you. Let's start with the position of Animator, nicely and clearly explained by Valentin. How long you have been at Aldebaran and why did you choose to work here? I've been working here for almost 5 years now. A friend of mine told me that Aldebaran was looking for an animator. He showed me this corporate video of Nao (there was not a lot of videos at this time) and I was really impressed to see a humanoid robot that was able to grab objects and walk like this. But clearly, the animations needed to be improved! Tell us about your job at Aldebaran... What is it you do exactly? I'm an animator, it means that I have to give life (or the illusion of life) to our robots. When I arrived at Aldebaran, I was the first animator to work here. The software and the hardware quality was far from what we have today, even if it was already great, but it was not so intuitive to make animations! I made several dances (Thriller, Vangelis, Evolution of dance...), stories (Star Wars, Presentation) and a lot of animations for different apps. I also created a big animat

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Innorobo 2014: it is D-Day! (contest inside)

Innorobo starts today and we want the exhibition to be an unforgettable experience for all the visitors who will meet us at our booth. Consequently, our nice Marketing team had the great idea to create a little NAO “souvenir”: a pic with your favorite mechanical friend. Enter our photobooth to get your pic with NAO. You can be creative and bring some clothes or anything cute and funny to make your pic even more awesome. And the fun does not end here. You will be able to enter our new contest to win a pack of cool Aldebaran goodies. To do so, you just have to tell our Innorobo team that you want to participate and we will post your pic on a dedicated gallery on Aldebaran’s Facebook Fan Page right here. The rest is easy. The more Likes you get, the closer you are to victory. Tell your friends, your family or your workmates to vote for you and maybe good news will pop up next Friday. Remember that your friends should vote from Tuesday the 18th (10am) to Thursday the 20th (4pm)

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Vision recognition tutorial

NAO has a pair of big beautiful LED eyes, but he also has a couple of cameras to watch the world around him. You can use those so your NAO will learn to recognize shapes and objects. But how exactly can you do that ? Don't worry, these few slides will tell you all about it :  Vision recognition tutorial from Nicolas RIGAUD Here's the link to the Vision_Demo project you'll need : vision_demo.crg

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Get in shape with NAO and Withings

Like Aldebaran, Withings is a French company at the forefront of its domain, and their domain is connected objects. More precisely, they are building smart objects that, through their ability to connect with your phone, will help you stay in good shape. Withingsc’ first product was their smart body analyser, a smart scale that helps you stay fit. It has been a huge hit, and Withings has since come up with the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor, the Smart Baby Monitor and Pulse, an activity tracker. Soon, they will also intruduce Aura, a fantastic tool that will help you sleep better. With awesome dances and Yoga apps, NAO has been interested in helping you stay in shape for a while, and there are many ways he could connect to Withings’ API and do just that. We just have to imagine those ways! In this spirit, we invited Withings to introduce their products and API to our developers. If you’re like us, just watching it should make your brain pop with apps ideas: )

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Innorobo 2014: we will be there (contest inside)!

Time is running so fast that the middle of March is already coming and Innorobo too! For those who haven’t heard about this incredible event, Innorobo is one of the world’s leading event in the field of robotics and their innovations. And it takes place in France and more specifically from 18 to 20 March at Lyon's Cité Internationale Congress Center. It aims at gathering robotics companies and presenting their innovations to other industries (like farming for instance). Believe us, this sounds very promising with a 3,000 m2 venue, keynote speakers from all over the world, worshops on key issues and booth to meet the companies’teams. Of course, Aldebaran Robotics will also have one at Innorobo. Be sure that seeing us will be a great deal since you will be able to discuss with AR team but also with Developer Program members and to meet NAO’s taller brother Romeo! We will also have a special corner with our HR team for those who would have more in mind… We will post an article on Aldebaran’s Facebook Fan Page soon about how you can maxi

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Teaching programing to kids with NAO and Devoxx4kids

Getting kids to learn and enjoy programing from a young age is one of the great challenges of this new century, an NAO is a perfect tool for that.  He’s been used by Daniel De Luca, a member of our developer program, during Devoxx4kids events, and has there are many events taking place all over the world, he’d love for members of the Developer program to reach out and take part in a local event.  “When you see stars in children's eyes the first time they see a real NAO and that those stars are still present at the end of the workshop (contaminating parent's eyes), you get a boost of energy and emotions that make your day.” All you need to run your own Devoxx4kids session is one NAO, and Daniel’s module, which he has made availaible so you can easily teach kids some basics of programing through Choregraphe. “During Devoxx4Kids events we introduce children to computer programming concepts, teaching them what is programming, what is it used for, good programming practice, (reusable code, clean code) how to debug”, says Daniel.

“Choregraphe and NAO provide a perfect combination fo

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Meet a NAO developer: interview with Julien (Choksolis)

Everyday, the NAO Community gets stronger and there are more and more developers around the world paying attention to our little friend. Their knowledge and feedbacks are always very valuable for us and they are part of NAO's success today. Therefore, we want to thank Developers and highligh their work and passion. This is what we will do in this new kind of blog post, discovering more about a NAO Developer. Today, we are going to meet Julien (aka Choksolis) who is a very active Community member. Hello Julien, please tell us a bit about yourself first: where you come from, your current work or studies, your experience as a developer etc.? I'm from France, although I've been living in Tokyo for the past 10 years or so. I'm a network and security supervisor, my professional background is relatively distant from the typical Nao developer, I don't produce code very often. I work with routers, firewalls, that kind of things… How your passion about robotics arose? I wasn't interested in robotics until I read a book about real world robotics accomplishments, about 3 years ago. That book somehow made me realize how "real" the sci-fi robots were becoming, and I remember purchasing a Nabaztag right after I finished! (lol)

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NAO sur Seine #8: accessibility & animation

The last NAO sur Seine meeting took place on Tuesday night in SFEIR’s office in Neuilly. As usual, this was the occasion for parisian NAO developers to present their current work and for NAO curious to discover more about our little friend.

Well...the view was ok   The first presentation was made by Etienne Membrives (Sterops on the forum). He focused on his Web UI app which allows to control NAO with a computer or a smartphone (like a remote controller). Not just an impressive technical feat, this app gives us an interesting highlight on accessibility issues around NAO and robotics in general.

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Programming NAO without NAO : Webots for NAO

During the Paris User Group NAO sur Seine #6 took place on November 26th 2013. Julien Fremy, an engineer at Aldebaran Robotics, gave a presentation of Webots for NAO called “Program NAO without NAO”. He described how we can simulate multi-robots and interact with them in a 3D editable world. Please head to Parleys to view his presentation of Webots. Any question ? Don't be afraid to ask, in comments or on the Community Forum. The next session of our Parisian User Group meetup will take place tonight!

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