The Microsoft Innovation Center in Belgium posted a useful article documenting the methodology behind controlling an Aldebaran NAO humanoid robot with the Microsoft Kinect sensor.
Although the article is in French, the mathematics and processes are easy to understand even if you don't speak the language. And, this is one case where Google Translate does a good job of delivering the goods.
Anyone that has successfully trained their dog quickly realizes that canines can easily recognize and respond to body language, especially simple hand gestures. Then why do we make controlling a robot so much more complex and difficult for users to understand?
As a part of a class project, Danpaul000, at the Colorado School of Mines, developed an IMU based glove and associated hardware to control the NAO robot in much the same way that dog owners would do.
Shelly Palmer is introduced to the Aldebaran NAO humanoid robot by Intel, and gets some insight into how it is expected to improve and enhance human quality of life.
I mentioned in a post a few days ago that Jay Jay Napalan, a member of the Aldebaran NAO Robot Developers Program had the chance (and the guts) to compete at RoboGames 2012 in several different categories.
Some of the categories he picked were natural choices for the NAO humanoid robot, especially those that required autonomous or AI capabilities. But one of the categories really surprised me.
Napalan entered J2 in the middle-weight humanoid kung fu category where it would potentially go head to head with bruisers like King Kizer, Wimbleton, and KiaNaut. NAO has a well deserved reputation for being more of a 'lover' than a 'fighter', and it would be a shame to see the robots ascetically beautiful white plastic body and face scratched and bruised by the punishment that a middle-weight champion can dish out.
I've been waiting for someone to post a video of J2's RoboGames 2012 matches since somehow I missed the opportunity to record it. But, since a match video hasn't appeared yet, the best I can offer is the J2 practice session video below.
Aldebaran just uploaded the Spring 2012 NAO Developer Days overview video providing an excellent overview of the program, participants, and the 24 hour codathon competition.
During the competition participants had just 24 hours to develop a new application for the NAO humanoid robot, then present it to the judges, with the winner receiving a brand new Next-Gen NAO robot.
Bruno Maisonnier, the founder of Aldebaran Robotics, has a compelling vision of the future - a future that includes humanoid robots that will improve and enhance the quality of life for all. At the TEDxConcorde conference this past January, Bruno and a host of NAO robots took the stage to deliver his vision in an entrancing and surprisingly striking fashion.
Although the video of his presentation below is in French, you won't need to understand any French at all to appreciate the robots performing during the first few minutes.