The Future Is Nao
- Nao is a great storyteller. From the very first lesson, students by creating stories for Nao to share.
- Teachers encourage students to make Nao appear more human by programming hand gestures, emotional movements, vocal tone, even blinks. It’s complicated work, and on the first try, students find that their programs rarely go exactly as planned. Nao as students refine their code and try again.
- Sensors in Nao’s knees tell him if he is sitting, standing, lying down, or being lifted. Students develop by programming Nao to move in specific ways according to “if-then” logic. For example, students might decide that if Nao is upside down, then he will say, “Unhand me, good sir!”
- Nao can moonwalk (he arrives at our sites already knowing all of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”), but students can choreograph any dance they can imagine. They as they work together and test their programming.