Aldebaran Robotics reveals Nao Next Gen robot

The time is Nao – and we for one welcome our new robot overlords

Aldebaran Robotics has unveiled the latest version of Nao, its very own plastic pal who's fun to be with. Despite its toy-like appearance, it's designed to be used for research and teaching – and, specifically, to help "serve organisations that care for autistic children and those losing their autonomy."

New features include a hardware upgrade to a 1.6GHz Intel Atom chip, twin HD video cameras and Nuance voice recognition software. A "word spotting" feature enables the Nao Next Gen to recognise specific words within a sentence.

Nao's also been upgraded with an improved walking algorithm that enables it to recognise when it's about to fall over and shield itself from damage.

All features that will serve Nao well in the coming war against the humans. Er, we mean "research and teaching."

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