A Week in Tokyo

A week in Tokyo

Few days ago, we shared on the blog an overview of the Pepper App Challenge and Innovation Challenge. The team was in Tokyo to attend the finale but also took it as an opportunity to discover and share what has been going on around Pepper in Japan. From application development to Pepper deployment in shops, we tried to gather in a video a glimpse of Japan excitement for Pepper. You will find in the video a recap of the Challenge finale, an Akihabara Atelier tour, examples of Pepper’s application in stores and an overview of the IREX exhibition. Feel free to give us your feedback about this!

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.


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. 


NAO Challenge, when students explore robotics

Since September 2014, more than 1300 students and teachers from 5 Europeans countries (France, Denmark, Italy, Germany and the UK) have entered the NAO Challenge Europe. The goal is to raise awareness of the benefits of learning informatics and technology by motivating and teaching students on a humanoid robot. For this year competition, high-school students had to imagine how NAO could help a family to live better at home. In less than a month, the finals are starting and for this occasion we offer you the chance to discover one the many teams of the challenge. Discover in this interview the work of The Beginners Team from Italy and what they have been up to with NAO the past few months. 1. Your team: What should we know about it? The specificities, members’ profiles & backgrounds, strengths… [Carla] The team consists of 5 teenagers and a coach. They are all 16 and they attend the third year of “Applied Science” a special course of the high school “Enrico Fermi”, in Padova, Italy. Their team leader..., well, it’s me: their


Discover the project CoWriter in 6 questions with Séverin Lemaignan

Séverin Lemaignan is a post-doc researcher at CHILI Lab', the Learning Technology laboratory of EPFL, where he supervises a small robotics team. Séverin has been doing robotics for a while, both in academia (he did his PhD at LAAS-CNRS/Toulouse University on Artificial Intelligence for Human-Robot Interaction) and ‘in the field’, conducting many workshops and events involving robots and children/students. We asked him 6 questions about the CoWriter project developed on NAO in the Computer-Human Interaction in Learning and Instruction (CHILI) Lab of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). What are CHILI lab main activities? The CHILI Lab' researches a range of computer-related techniques and approaches to improve tomorrow's education: we have a long tradition of creating tangible and/or augmented reality human-computer interaction (with cool simulations that you can physically build and manipulate). More recently, we have focused quite a lot on MOOCs (Massive Online Open Course), becoming the biggest European "

Community project master

How to master Community (part 2/3)

As mentioned in our previous article, there are two more steps to master Community’s best features. In this blog post, we will focus on the projects section (aka the step 2). It allows you to create, organize and manage a project of your choice alone or in team with other Community members. Here are few tips to help you make the most of the projects.
  Discover the community projects So far, we already have 31 projects set up by the community, which is a great start! Go to the “Projects” section to browse and discover the different projects.
The Devoxx4Kids project card On every card you can get the project’s main information: the tags it is related to (‘Education’, ‘Programming’), its status (‘Recruiting’), the project title and its author.
Don’t hesitate to use the search settings to discover projects that might interest you. You can search for specific languages, SDK versions, membership settings, theme or status.


How to master Community (part 1/3)

Last week, we wrote an article to introduce you quickly to the new features of the latest version of Community. Today, we’re going to explore in details a part of these updates so you can become a ‘Community Over 9000 expert’. We’ll go through three of the website’s main features in this first article: the dashboard, the personal profile and the members global page. Ready?
Photo credits: Akira Toriyama   Step 1: Master the Follow Power of the dashboard One of the main change in this new version of Community is your personalized dashboard. The point of it is to show you only topics you’re interested in. From the dashboard, you can have a look at the latest activities according to the threads and topics you have chosen to follow.
To do that, you simply need to click on the ‘Follow button’ on a category, a sub-category or a topic.

New Community

Want to know what the New Community is all about? This way please

You may have already noticed (and if not, this article is for you) that we made some updates on Community a few days ago. Since we want everything to be as simple as it can be, here is a little recap of the new functionalities you will find here. Me, myself and I First of all, the new Dashboard gives you a quick overview of what you might have missed on Community. This page is customized with the threads, projects or topics you are currently following. You can follow threads (like Code), sub threads (like Motion) or specific topics to stay informed on the forum. By clicking on 'follow' you will receive emails every time there is a new topic or a new answer (depending on what you are following). Beautiful people Since Community wouldn’t be Community without its members, all of you guys have now your own personal member page. It gives you a summary of one’s activity and informatio

NAO Developer Podcast

NAO Developer Podcast #5

Yes, it's been a long time since we released our last podcast, almost 6 months! But don't freak out, here's the last issue! What do we talk about in this one? Well, there are two interviews: The first one is with Line Patris. Line is working as an engineer at Aldebaran, in the Dialog team. She's discussing the new dialog engine and all the things you can now take advantage of as a developer. The second interview is with Steve Chin. Steve is a Java evangelist, and he's be doing a lot with NAO over the last 15 months. He's been kind enough to discuss it with us. Also, as you can hear at the end of the podcast, we'd like to make it more interactive. Our first idea is to let you ask your questions, whatever they are. You can do that here, or send them on Twitter to our account (@NAOrobot) or using the hashtag #NAOPodcast. For the next podcast, we'll pick some of them, and invite people from Aldebaran so as to give you answers. Of course, as usual, all comments about the podcast are welcome! We hope you'll enjoy it!

Franck Calzada

Meet a Nao developer: interview with Franck Calzada

Let's continue the tour of our community members. Today, I have met one of the NAO Developer's superstar: Franck Calzada! Can you introduce yourself to the community? My name is Franck Calzada; I’m from France and live in Nantes in West France. I am 41 year old, married and have 3 children (2, 5 and 7 years old). My kids are a very good source of inspiration when I create new behaviors for NAO. I have been part of the Developer Program and Community for almost 3 years now. And, I can say, NAO and Aldebaran’s robots have changed my life. At the beginning of 2014, I decided to create a company dedicated to the conception and development of applications for Aldebaran’s robots. Have you always been interested in robotics? I have a Master degree in computer science with a specialty in AI and signal processing. Robotics had always been a passion; I participated in many autonomous robotics contests in France as a student. I was more comfortable with the software side compared to mechatronics or electronic aspects. I wanted to make smart and useful autonomous robot applications. At this time, I definitely wanted to become an engineer in robotics, but professional opportunities brought me to work in the US in Boston for 5 years in finance; but this was only for few years before getting back to my real passion… How did you discover NAO? After re