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Nao Evolution Humanoid Robot Smarter, Stronger
Nao Evolution has 30 percent better battery performance, improved vision and enhanced obstacle detection.
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Jun 25, 2014

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The name sounds as though it should be a film starring Keanu Reeves.

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:

  • Improved shape and facial detection and recognition using new algorithms
  • Improved sound source location using four directional microphones
  • Refined obstacle detection and distance estimation with a detection range from 1 cm (0.39 inches) to 3 m (9.8 feet) using new sonar telemeters
  • More powerful battery: 48.6 watt-hours, giving  Evolution about 90 minutes of battery life in operational mode – 30 percent more than the previous generation.

Although the robot is the same size as before – just under 2 feet, it is now:

  • Stronger, with metal gears in the neck, hips, legs, and ankles.
  • Quieter, with soles that dampen the noise and friction of its footsteps.
  • More skillful at grasping objects

"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..

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