Museum of Science and Industry


National Robotics Week: Meet NAO

April 12, 2011



Event Essentials


  • Ages:
  • This event is suitable for all ages.
  • Date:
  • April 12, 2011
  • Time:
  • 2:00 PM
  • Location:
  • Main Level, Rotunda
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  • Tickets:
  • Included with Museum Entry

What is NAO? NAO is a fully programmable, 23-inch-high humanoid robot that can see, listen, speak, walk, dance and even play soccer. NAO wowed at last year's Shanghai Expo when 20 of them performed a synchronized dance. On Tuesday, April 12, NAO is coming to MSI to join our Fast Forward exhibit.

We'll welcome the Museum's newest acquisition, the first NAO in ongoing display at a museum, in this special event as part of National Robotics Week. Watch as the NAO and four of its identical compatriots perform the first display in the U.S. of five synchronized NAOs dancing. Aldebaran Robotics CEO and founder Bruno Maisonnier will talk about his vision for the future of these robots. Join us for this opportunity to hear from a leader in humanoid robotics and see its latest technology in action. These events are included in general Museum admission.

2:00 p.m.: Opening event and NAO synchronized dance

With introductory remarks by Museum President David R. Mosena and Aldebaran CEO Bruno Maisonner. (Rotunda)

2:45 p.m.: Humans and Humanoids: A Vision for the Future

Presentation by the CEO and founder of Aldebaran Robotics, Mr. Bruno Maisonnier. He will discuss the idea behind NAO, the challenges involved in developing humanoid robots and his vision of humanoid robots in everyday life. Introductory remarks by Museum Director of Collections Kathleen McCarthy. (Little Theater)

4:30 p.m.: NAO synchronized dance (Rotunda)

Those hoofing humanoids come back for one more number.

More information

Learn more about Aldebaran Robotics.

Video: Watch 20 NAOs Dance at the Shanghai Expo


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    Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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