NAO Open Source – ALDEBARAN Robotics shares source code with its community.

Five years of development in embedded software for humanoid robots shared with fellow researchers and developers.

(May 13, 2011 – ICRA Shanghai, China) ALDEBARAN Robotics, the world-leading European humanoid robotics company announced at the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation its decision to share a significant part of its source code with the research and developer community by the end of 2011.

“We will release our software as OPEN SOURCE to allow researchers, teachers, and developers to adapt and extend our software according to their needs and knowledge”, said Bruno Maisonnier, the founder and CEO of ALDEBARAN Robotics. “Building robotics applications is challenging: applications are built upon many state-of-the-art complex technologies like speech recognition, object recognition, grasping, navigation and mapping. Applications need to be secure and be able to run in a constrained environment with limited resources. With over five years of experience in developing embedded systems for robotics platforms, we want to share our middleware, our core communication library, our cross-platform build tools and other essential modules with researchers, developers and emerging projects in humanoid robotics”, he added.
NAOqi, the embedded software on NAO, includes a highly cross-platform, fast, secure, reliable and distributed robotics framework which provides a comprehensive foundation for developers to leverage and improve NAO's functionality.
“By capititalizing on our extensive experience, users can concentrate their effort on creating innovative algorithms and exciting applications” Mr. Maisonnier added. “In addition, by opening NAO's core we will allow users to benefit from the strong distributed innovation that characterizes the growing NAO community. Robotics and its associated applications are still emerging research fields. To explore future applications together, ongoing exchange within our user community is essential”, he concluded.
NAO is used by the world’s most prestigious universities and laboratories including Harvard and Tokyo University as both a research platform and an educational tool. Founded in 2005 by Bruno Maisonnier, with offices in France, China, Japan and the United States, ALDEBARAN Robotics designs and produces humanoid robots with the aim of contributing to the well-being of humans.
The choice of an interactive and fully programmable humanoid form are the determining factors which explain NAO’s continued success as seen by the wide range of projects and applications for both research and education. From diverse fields including studies on motor skills, balance, grasping of objects or research on vision, language and man machine interaction (MMI) or man robot interaction, NAO is the leading robotics platform used today. New applications for NAO are constantly being discovered in areas beyond robotics including treating children with autism or as an educational platform to support teachers in university or secondary schools.
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