The French firm Aldebaran Robotics is a world leader in humanoid robotics. The company develops NAO humanoid robots for teaching and research, and is now diversifying into the events sector.
NAO is the world’s most widely-used humanoid robot, famous for its frequent participation in the Robocup* international soccer competition. NAO will be presented to professionals from the events sector on November 12-15 at the Doha ASPIRE4SPORT 2012 trade show in Qatar.
Interactive and totally programmable, the robot measures 57 cm in height and is capable of walking, seeing, hearing and talking. NAO, which has sold more than 2,500 units in over 50 countries, is used by prestigious universities, schools and laboratories in many different areas: engineering sciences, IT, human-machine interaction and the social sciences. NAO is continuing to prove itself in the field of special education, such as therapy for autistic children, where it is helping the young to develop the cognitive skills required for a better understanding of our world and its social complexities.
Using its wide-ranging experience in NAO, Aldebaran Robotics is also today meeting the specific needs of edutainment, personal support and events. Indeed, NAO is now a source of interest to event professionals thanks to its ability to host booths, trade fairs, seminars, etc. It represents a real innovation that can increase traffic by 25 to 45% for events open to the public. In 2010, at the Shanghai Expo and for the first time in history, 20 robots performed a synchronized dance in front of the French Pavilion, where more than 3 million people could discover NAO… A year later, NAO was chosen by the giant Intel Company to host its stand at the Salon Gitex in Dubai.
According to the United Nations, robotics will be the technological revolution of the twenty-first century, just as the automobile was at the start of the twentieth century. Bruno Maisonnier who is the Chairman and founder of Aldebaran Robotics, says: “We are convinced that robots are going to play a pivotal role in tomorrow’s society. We are keen to support our customers and partners in developing applications that meet their requirements and we extend our thanks to them for believing in our technologies and the potential of our robots, whatever their area of business”.