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nao The Gift of Bot

Nao, $16,000

OK, you and I are not likely to see a $16,000 robot beneath our Christmas tree, but if I could own any mini humanoid, it would likely be the Nao (pronounced “Now,” BTW). This is the bot currently used in RoboCup soccer and in social robotics/autism research.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


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