In 2005, Bruno Maisonnier establishes Aldebaran, along with 5 other enthusiastic people who set off on the adventure together.
The first NAO prototype
One year later, the small team creates the first real NAO prototype. And the first customers to appear are… researchers!
NAO and the RoboCup
In 2008, NAO is selected to succeed Sony's Aibo in the standard league of the RoboCup. And we're off to the football World Cup!
A new reference in the field of education is born
No longer content just to play football, NAO gradually becomes a reference in the world of research and education.
The Shanghai Universal Expo welcomes NAO
In 2010, 20 NAOs dance at the French Pavilion and become the star attraction for 10 million visitors.
The ROMEO project
Romeo is created in 2011, after two years of work in collaboration with European research laboratories and institutions, with the goal of creating a range of new technologies to provide personal assistance.
NAO Next Gen
In December 2011, a new version of NAO is launched, and sets off to conquer secondary school classes.
The first Developer Program
In the same year, Aldebaran launches the "NAO developer program", the aim being to offer developers the chance to participate in the creation of applications.
A new initiative is launched in 2013 offering a pedagogical approach to teachers and autistic children thanks to robotics.
In June 2014, SoftBank and Aldebaran unveil "Pepper", the first personal robot in the world capable of reading emotions.
At the same time, Aldebaran launches NAO Evolution, the latest generation of NAO, a more robust version that benefits from the recent improvements to NAOqi.
Pepper in Japanese homes
Since the 20th of June 2015, Pepper has become the first humanoid robot available to Japanese households. Pepper is their new daily companion!
The adventure continues
On May 19th, 2016, in view of increased global brand awareness and business scale in the future, Aldebaran brand name became SoftBank Robotics.