Nao Robot Price
How much does the Nao robot cost?
Nao Robot Price
I get the question asked quite often. So here is the answer: (UPDATED SUMMER 2014)
Nao is available for about $8000 now. All the robots come with the software and SDK to program it.
You can pay a little more to have the right to upload applications on the Store, so that other people can buy it. The fee for uploading your apps is covering Aldebaran's costs to fully test and give you feedback on your application. This process allows to increase the global quality of the apps available to future end-users.
Nao V5 comes with only one version. There are no more "Torso only" versions of Nao. With legs, arms and hands, it has 25 Dofs. So it can move freely around, pick up objects, detect when it falls and all the other cool stuffs you see in the videos (like Nao tele-grooming the cat).
Before you could join the Nao Developer Program. The Nao robot price was much cheaper, and you will be part of a unique community of developers on the edge of technology. Note that this special prize was only available to a select few passionate people ready to spend time programming their own apps. This was not for organizations, research centers and schools. Today, all users have access to the same software, support and community features.
Aldebaran is always looking for more developers to explore app ideas on Nao, and help push the limits of what personal robots can do.
Clearly, you will have to work on your Nao to really have fun with it, as it's not a toy just yet. That's why Aldebaran Robotics is not selling it to everyone just yet: they would be really disappointed. They focus on people who are deliberately looking for a robot to work with, not just play with. But if you want to be a pioneer and participate to the beginning of the robotic age, it's clearly the way to go.
Finally, just to be clear, here is how much your Nao robot costs:
Nao Robot Price for labs: $8000 for the complete version.
Nao Robot Price for the Nao Developer Program: now it is the same as academics and other users. And you get the same features, unless you pay to have access to the store.
Note that next year, Pepper will be available for purchase by everyone in Japan for about $1900 (exactly 198000 Yen). And this time, no need to be a programmer, everyone will be able to enjoy the emotional robot at home.
I hope this help. There is one thing I don't talk about here: how much does it cost to make a Nao team for the Standard Robot League of Robot Soccer? If someone knows how it works, please add a comment below.
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