Veltrop’s video shows three views: his, the view from the Kinect and the view of a third party watching the cat/bot exchange. We’ve had a Nao bot in our offices before, and these guys are adorable and quite hackable, too. In the recent past, Veltrop has hacked his non-Nao “Veltrobot” + Kinect setup to do pushups and wield a knife.
Nao robots were designed by Aldebaran Robotics, a French company. Each Nao unit costs around $15,000 and is just shy of two feet tall at 57 centimeters. The bots walk upright and have toddler-like ranges of motion. But being outfitted with an array of sensors, the Nao-bot can navigate a room, track objects and respond to people and faces.