Humanoid NAO bot in development

The French start-up company Alderaban Robotics based in Paris is developing a highly skilled humanoid robot called NAO. Although there is no definite date yet as far as the commercial availability, its website shows end of 2008 currently. Weighing 4.5 kilograms and at a height of 57cm, the robot stands somewhere between the most humanoid toy robots currently on the market and the famous bigger ones such as Honda’s Asimo. The company seems to have two versions of the robot, one consumer version, priced around a few thousand dollars, and the other is a more developed researcher version, which the company hopes to sell to research facilities and universities.