I haven’t posted anything about NAO for a while, which is a shame since it’s a
great platform and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. More details (such
as there are) on my NAO project
Over the last year or so a group of UK based NAO
developers has started to meet semi-regularly and back
in March we decided to run our own hackathon based on the NAO. We hoped to get
registered NAO developers and other coders together for a weekend of hacking
code on the NAO.
Well, the hackathon took place last weekend and it was great fun. It was
especially cool to see people who’d never written a line of python or seen a
NAO before produce working applications. Aldebaran Robotics once again proved
what great people they are by turning up with some spare NAOs for people to
use, staying the whole weekend to help with the event, providing one of the
prizes and paying for most of the food.
The applications developed over the weekend were:
- Connecting NAO to a WIFI network using speech input.
- A photographer - tell NAO how many people should be in the picture and he moves to get everyone in.
- Making NAO like filled circles and hate empty ones.
- Reminding children of all the tasks that need to be done before they go to school.
- A third-hand application to hold things while soldering
- An application to remember people and where NAO met them
- A dalek impersonator
- A guide application that uses NAO’s arms to point out the locations of things of interest.
Here’s a summary video that I put together showing all the application demos
and the prize-giving
Photos from the event are available on the UK NAO group on
Finally, thanks again to the sponsors who provided the venue, food and prizes
- Aldebaran Robotics
- Eurisko Consulting Services
Update 3/10/2012: Added links to Dalek and filled circles applications
Update 4/10/2012: Added link to flickr group