However, Nao Evolution is the fifth and latest generation of Nao, the interactive, autonomous and programmable humanoid robot created by Aldebaran for research and education purposes.
It boasts the most up-to-date operating system, NAOqi 2.0, now being used by all of the company's robots.
PC World says "Nao Evolution is available … for $7,990, the same as the immediately previous fourth-generation Nao, as well as in Asia and Europe."
Designed for easy natural voice interaction, the NAOqi environment includes a dialogue engine and an emotional engine. Nao Evolution has improved functionality for easy interaction and allows developers to program complex sequences themselves:
Although the robot is the same size as before – just under 2 feet, it is now:
"This new phase is fully in line with our vision of eventually offering the greatest possible number of humanoid robots for a variety of purposes," says Bruno Maisonnier, founder and CEO of Aldebaran. "Apart from schools and universities, we would like companies and the developer community to get hold of our robots and create applications that will ensure the success of NAO in the future."
The French firm is hoping the new Nao will prompt developers and companies to create apps for the robot, according to TechWorld..