Tag: Nao

Nao 1337 at M. Net Finally Online!

As reported before, Nao 1337 and I appeared at the M.Net TV Show on MusiquePlus. You can now see the full M.Net episode from September 14th below or at the MusiquePlus site.

Nao1337 and Carlitos on M.Net
Nao1337 and Carlitos on M.Net

The video is only available for Canada. If you cannot see it contact me.

Nao 1337 stayed next to Denis Talbot, the host, the entire time while doing some pretty random actions. This was not planned at all and it lead to many funny moments. My interview at the end of the episode was pretty much improvised also, but I think everything went pretty well overall.

Here are some corrections regarding what was said during the show:

  • Nao is 59 cm tall and not 53 cm (sorry, that was my mistake).
  • Nao is sold as a fully assembled platform and not a kit.
  • I am a mere Nao developer, I am not its creator by any stretch of the imagination.

Nao Mind Control at New York Maker Faire 2012

Super intense focus to control Nao 1337
Super intense focus to control Nao 1337

Nao 1337 and I assisted to the New York “World” Maker Faire 2012. This time, I put together a Nao behavior that communicates with the Neurosky MindWave Sensor and allows the user to control the humanoid robot with their thoughts. Unfortunately, I did not get to make a video of the performance (too busy presenting Nao) but you can see many pictures further below. It was awesome to see children really focus in the hope to make the robot react! Their focusing techniques and their reactions were priceless.

Nao Mind Control Behaviour Screenshot
Nao Mind Control Behaviour Screenshot

The Nao Mind Control behaviour uses the Puzzlebox Synapse interface running on a computer on the same local network as Nao. The Synapse program talks to the MindWave sensor using a wireless serial USB dongle and serves the brainwave information it receives on a TCP socket.  Then, Nao can connect to the socket and receive the brainwaves information that he can use to trigger actions. Out of the raw brainwave data (that is difficult to interpret and use), the sensor also provides concentration and meditation levels. In the behavior presented at Maker Faire, only the concentration level was used to trigger animations on the robot. This means that a user concentrating up to a certain level could trigger animation on the robot while it remains seated. If the concentration level is higher and maintained for some time, then the robot would stand up and do more actions.

I use the Puzzelbox interface because it runs on Linux but unfortunately, it cannot serve the blink strength (since it is computed using a proprietary algorithm). As soon as I get the proprietary Neurosky interface working under Linux, I’ll be able to give Nao more complex controls with my mind.

Nao 1337 at M. Net

Nao 1337 and I participated in the September 14th M. Net TV show on Musique Plus. We were invited to present Nao to the public and explain a bit about the developers program.

Denis Talbot with Nao1337
Denis Talbot with Nao1337

If you were not able to catch the show on Friday at 19:30 or on Tuesday at 11:00, despair not. Once it is available in roughly three weeks, I’ll be posting a link and perhaps embedding the show in this page (if M. Net and Musique Plus do not object).

Update: See the full episode here.

For the moment, you can see a short clip from the show below.

During the entire one-hour show, 1337 sat besides the show host Denis Talbot and acted completely autonomously. Without any sense of timing, he talked, sang, moved, laughed, and did much more throughout the entire show, interrupting and defying everyone. He effectively became the most annoying robotic guest on a TV show.

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