58cm in height, NAO is the first humanoid robot created by SoftBank Robotics. He has been gradually improving since the beginning of his adventure in 2006. Currently in his 6th version (NAO6), more than 13,000 NAO are being used in over 70 countries around the world.
NAO is an interactive and customisable robot. He has become a benchmark in the world of research and education, as well as in healthcare (in retirement homes or hospitals), retail and tourism. Today, he serves as a research platform, a tool for making teaching and learning fun, a platform for developing applications, a tool to ease interaction with children with autism, or an innovative interface for providing customers with information.
His humanoid form enables him to adapt to his environment and to find his way using sonars and sensors on his head, hands and feet. Equipped with microphones and loud speakers, he can hear and speak, enabling him to interact naturally with his interlocutors.
Otago Polytechnic has an amazing opportunity for the public to meet the latest version – NAO6 – on its first Australasian visit. Come along and see the future of robotics and hear all about SoftBank Robotics and the work they are doing in this exciting space.