FAQ

How much is NAO?

Our autism solution goes beyond the purchase of just NAO to include numerous specially created special education programs and behaviors, a custom interface and data storage system, exclusive access to our NAO application store, and more. There are also a number of various factors which can affect total pricing which can be tailored to fit your needs. For more information or to be connected with one of our Sales Manager please visit our Contact Us page.

Was NAO created to replace teachers?

No. NAO was created to be a tool to better humanity. We have customized NAO for the special education classroom to act as a device to engage students and help them reach important learning goals in a way that is both fun and effective.

Will NAO make my child act/talk like a robot?

NAO was created to represent an intermediary step between humanity and technology to more easily assimilate children with special needs, such as autism, into society. NAO does not teach children to act like him but to gain a stronger mastery of important skills such as verbal and non-verbal communication, interpersonal relationships, emotion recognition,, turn-taking, imitation, labeling, abstraction, academic skills, among others. In any case, NAO remains a teaching tool used and customized by the teacher for the best of the children who keep working also with teachers and parents.

What makes NAO better than other special education technologies?

Technologies where the child is interacting with a screen can be beneficial but NAO takes learning to the next level giving children the opportunity to interact with a real 3D entity with his own presence through complementary modalities : verbal, visual, tactile sensors. Therefore, children cannot only learn but also to talk, sing, dance, and even walk with him. Research has shown that this next level interaction helps children feel comfortable taking the socialization skills to the next level without becoming overstimulated.

Can I develop my own applications?

You don’t need to be an expert coder to create and develop applications for NAO. However, you will need to acquire our Choregraphe software which is not included by default in the ASK NAO solution. For more information on how to develop on NAO and how to get the software needed to create programs please send us a message through our Contact Us page.

Do I require internet connection to run the ASK NAO solution ?

Once downloaded, applications can be run without internet access in a default mode. It means that options are not available anymore for customization and NAO cannot upload data to the interface. We are aware of the potential limitation of such system and might invest some development in the future to work around this issue. So far, we chose to go with online features because the benefits (maintain records, information sharing, automatic updates...) outweigh the limitation. If you are unsure about how to best work with NAO through the interface please feel free to contact us with additional questions.

How can I be a more active member of this project?

We are always looking for people who share our passion to improve special education and help us better humanity but giving its members a more rounded view of society as a whole. Please send us a message through our Contact Us page with more details so together we can find the best way to implement you into the project that will have the greatest overall positive effect.

Can we get NAO for use at our home?

Currently we are focusing on introducing NAO into schools and special education centers where teachers and professionals will be able to assist larger numbers of children and to provide us feedbacks for improving the solution. It is our hope that in the near future NAO will be available for everyone to benefit using. For more information on bringing NAO into your community or to locate a center using NAO near you please message us on our Contact Us page.

Is NAO strong enough to withstand getting knocked over?

NAO is able to withstand falling over over 1,000 times. This being said he should NOT fall from any height or get thrown around too much, his internal mechanisms are sensitive.

Can I select the color of my NAO?

Currently NAO is available in either orange or blue. If you have any further questions about customization options for NAO please send us a message on our Contact Us page.

How long does the battery last?

On average NAO’s battery can last for about an hour and a half when fully charged. This number depends greatly on what type of applications he’s running and how much energy is needed to complete them. Please note that a power corde is provided with the solution and so that you can plug NAO during interactions with the children if needed.

Can I make NAO do anything I want?

NAO is fully programmable so with the help of our developers we are constantly creating new applications and behaviors for NAO to do. If you would like to see NAO do a specific task or have an idea for a new behavior please send us a message on our Contact Us page, we are always looking for new ideas !

If we buy NAO for our school how many children will he be able to help?

The effects of NAO is purely dependant on the user! Some schools use NAO to assist with one particular class while others give demonstrations with NAO at school wide assemblies. The possibilities are up to you.