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:
For a company or laboratory, a Nao robot costs between USD $4000 and $16000. It is only available to educational and research institutions. All the robots come with the software and SDK to program it.
For $4000, you only get the Torso and Head. It means you get the CPU, the head can move (2 DoFs), you have the head touch sensors and microphones, videos, and the sonar. There is also the IR communication.
Now let's go straight to the most expensive one. 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).
Now, if you want a Nao at home like me, you may not want to spend $16000 on it. Actually, for private use, you can join the Nao Developer Program. The Nao robot price will be much cheaper, and you will be part of a unique community of developers on the edge of technology. Note that this special prize is only available to a select few passionate people ready to spend time programming their own apps. This is not for organizations, research centers and schools.
For that price, you still get the 25 DoFs robot, with programming software and all. You will usually work on more recent releases and even Beta versions of the software. The goal for Aldebaran is to see what passionate developers can do with the Nao in their hands.
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. 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: $16000 for the complete version. Scaled down versions start at $4000.
Nao Robot Price for the Nao Developer Program: can go down to a third of the normal price, depending on your country's VAT.
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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