Jan 05

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The new NAO “Next Gen”

The new NAO has been presented by Aldebaran in this video, with a 1.6GHz processor and two HD cameras. The old version is the official platform for the RoboCup Standard Platform League, and in RoboCup 2011 (Istanbul, Turkey) I’ve came across some complaints about the NAO design, being most of them related to the hip joint. It saddens me that this issue wasn’t taken into account for the Next Gen version design.

I strongly believe the hardware improvements on the CPU and the cameras will make a difference, but let’s hope it’s for better. Higher resolutions and CPU speed always have higher power demands, so if they didn’t upgrade the battery capacity, we will watch more and more NAO falling to the ground, begging for some volts.

In terms of Software, Aldebaran’ press release highlights the new “Nuance programme”, which is said to be “capable of isolating and recognizing a specific word within a sentence or a conversation”. We will be waiting to find out if this is the new competitor to Siri in voice recognition, or just another one.

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Ricardo Dias

Ricardo Dias was born in Entroncamento, Portugal and is studying Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering at University of Aveiro. He is a researcher in robotics and is currently the Team Leader of CAMBADA@MSL team. As a hobby, he is also a freelancer Stage Lighting Designer.

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