URBI, the open source operating system for robots

URBI, the first operating system dedicated for robotics, and urbiscript, the programming language, are now available under the BSD license, in order to be widely spread.

(October 10, 2012 – IROS, Vilamoura, Portugal) ALDEBARAN Robotics, the worldwide leader in humanoid robotics, announced at the IROS 2012 International Conference, the distribution of the URBI operating system and the urbiscript language under a BSD software license.

Developed in 2003 by Gostai, a software development company that recently joined the ALDEBARAN Robotics Group, the URBI and urbiscript open source package is intended for robotics developers and integrators, and by extension for the world of computer programming.

The BSD license will allow the urbiscript language to spread more easily across developer communities and enable enhanced integration with other development tools under a BSD license.
Jean-Christophe Baillie, Chief Science and Technology Officer at ALDEBARAN Robotics and founder of Gostai: “Aldebaran has always believed in technologies built around URBI and integrates urbiscript in the list of programming languages compatible with NAO. Our longer term goal is for a new community to coalesce around URBI to promote exchanges and sharing, which will inevitably give a boost to the development of robot-dedicated applications.”With this approach, ALDEBARAN Robotics seeks to promote the use of URBI to facilitate parallel operation of multiple components on existing robotics platforms, and allows users of a wide range of robots to exchange their blocks of code.

This news will strengthen our partnerships with academic communities and our private users, who will benefit from URBI related support.

The URBI suite is compatible with numerous programming languages such as JAVA, C, C++ and Python, which can be used to program ALDEBARAN Robotics robots. Distribution under a BSD license will be effective with the next NAO SDK release.

URBI is available for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.
Find out more: http://www.urbiforge.org/

About Aldebaran Robotics

Founded in 2005 by , and with offices in France, China and the United States, ALDEBARAN Robotics designs, produces and commercializes autonomous humanoid robots with the aim of contributing to the well-being of humans. Today, over 2 500 NAOs are utilized throughout the world as research and educational platforms in 50 countries. ALDEBARAN Robotics brings together more than 210 people – including 40% engineers and PhDs – that are involved in the development and production of the robots.

For further information, visit: http://www.aldebaran-robotics.com/en/
Press contact: Oana Dorita – odorita@aldebaran-robotics.com – 0033 177 371 797