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Saturday, February 23, 2008

New Robot League

A robot called Nao from the French company Aldebaran Robotics has been selected by the RoboCup Organisation Committee to replace the Sony Aibo in the Standard Platform League, as of the 2008 edition of the competition.

The new humanoid robot includes voice recognition, vision, speech synthesis, "emotional expressions", a WiFi connections, and will is based on Linux. Nao stands 22 inches high and has 23 degrees of freedom. The exterior shell of the robot was created by Parisian designers Thomas Knoll and Erik Arlen. The robot's shell can be customizable by the user. The robot supports URBI (Universal Real-time Behavior Interface) scripting language.

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