Aldebaran and SoftBank Robotics create a new world dedicated to developers

Aldebaran and SoftBank Robotics create a new world dedicated to developers

During Tech Festival, Aldebaran, in collaboration with SoftBank Robotics Corp., announces the opening of a second Atelier in Tokyo.
It’s in Akihabara, the electronic district of Tokyo, where Aldebaran, the world leader in humanoid robotics, and SoftBank Robotics have chosen to open a new Atelier. After two Aldebaran Ateliers opened to the public this summer, in Paris, the Akihabara Atelier will open as a place intended primarily for application developers. This unique location will allow those passionate about robotics an 80m2 area for programming and experimenting with Aldebaran humanoid robots, NAO and Pepper, to imagine new uses.
« We believe in a future where emotional, interactive robots will accompany humans in their work, leisure, and family life. Currently our robots are only available to the professional market, » says Bruno Maisonnier, the founder and CEO of Aldebaran. « Our goal is to make robots available to the public and we wanted to open a place dedicated to developers, artists, 3D animators, sound designers, screenwriters, etc. so they can unleash their creativity in new applications. »
“We are delighted to open this new Atelier with Aldebaran. We hope that developers and creators will enjoy getting more familiar with robots, including Pepper, the robot we developed together”, says Fumihide Tomizawa, Chairman and CEO of SoftBank Robotics.
The Akihabara Atelier will be specialized with the Aldebaran programming tools for beginners and experts: Choregraphe and SDK.
This space will allow developers to share their experience and foster new ideas for applications and uses of the robots. Here they will be able to meet experts and undergo training to improve and optimize the development of their applications.
With this new dedicated sharing and creating Atelier, Aldebaran, in collaboration with SoftBank Robotics, gives developers access to tools necessary to implement new applications for robots, mainly for a large public release of Pepper in Japan in February 2015.

About Aldebaran
Established in 2005 by Bruno Maisonnier and with offices in France, China, Japan, and the United States, Aldebaran designs, manufactures and sells autonomous humanoid robots to contribute to human well-being. More than 6,000 NAOs, our first product, are used today as a research and education platform in 70 countries around the world. Aldebaran has 450 employees involved in robot development and manufacture. Aldebaran is a SoftBank Group company, holding 78.5% of its own capital.
Aldebaran, names and logos NAO, Pepper and NAOqi are registered trademarks of Aldebaran in France and other countries.

About SoftBank Group
The SoftBank Group comprises the pure holding company SoftBank Corp. (TSE:9984) and its more than 1,300 subsidiaries and affiliates that offer a comprehensive range of mobile communications, fixed-line communications and Internet services. With Sprint joining in July 2013, the SoftBank Group became a leading global carrier that now has over 100 million subscribers. Maximizing synergies across its Group companies worldwide, SoftBank aspires to realize lifestyle innovation through IT. The SoftBank Group is also encouraging the adoption of clean
and safe energy through its business activities.

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