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Aldebaran Robotics, in partnership with Intel, today showcased the power of humanoid NAO robots in the classroom to Middle East academia and research institutions. Powered by Intel Atom technology, NAO is the first versatile and programmable humanoid robot to be used as a standard platform for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students.
NAO’s user-friendly programming environment, used by programming beginners and experts alike, includes the visual programming software Choregraphe and a 3D simulator along with numerous application programming interfaces (APIs). A comprehensive step-by-step guide helps both students and teachers to easily master NAO, thus rapidly energizing science and engineering classes.
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“10 years ago people did not believe that computers would be an instrumental component of the teaching process, compared with today where a wide variety of technologies are incorporated in to the 21st century classroom. In the coming years robotics will be as important to classrooms as computers are today. All future engineers, scientists and researchers in applied sciences, will benefit from learning with and about robotics,” added Bruno Maisonnier, CEO of Aldebaran Robotics.
NAO Academics has been available for only four years, but more than 1500 models have already been sold to 450 of the most prestigious universities around the world, for academic purposes. NAO’s proven track record with Academia and research inspired Aldebaran Robotics to introduce NAO to higher education.
Commenting on the impact of humanoid robotics in the education arena, Nassir Nauthoa, General Manager, GCC, Intel Corporation stated, “The introduction of NAO to the classroom has the potential to increase the levels of engagement and motivation among students in the field of science and mathematics. Through hands-on experiments, students of all ages can benefit from working with NAO in addition to learning vital team working skills.”
NAO is used by the world’s most prestigious universities and laboratories including Harvard, Stanford and Carnegie Mellon, as both a research platform and an educational tool. From diverse fields including studies on motor skills, balance, grasping of objects or research on vision, language and 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.
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