App developer? - There's a robot for that!
When Apple created the App Store back in July 2008 it opened up a whole new market on which a thriving industry has been born, but what's next for the App developing world? Computer games developers, software engineers and even computer science graduates have all switched their attention to developing Apps as a means of generating income. Some students have even managed to fund their University studies through App development. Traditional marketing agencies have also brought App development into their portfolio and there has also been an impressive rise in the number of specialist App development companies throughout the UK. With Apple boasting more than 1.3 million Apps and over 50 billion downloads worldwide this market was worth $31bn in 2013. When rivals such as Google Play, Amazon Appstore and Windows Phone Store entered the fray the market looks only set to grow with predictions that the App market will be worth $66bn by 2016. Whilst the traditional phone and tablet based Apps market is becoming pretty saturated, there is now a new platform for App developers to work with which already has penetration worldwide and is quickly becoming more readily available to the mainstream market - NAO.
All you need is NAOThis incredibly versatile humanoid robot platform is opening up beyond University research to integrate throughout the World. There are currently over 6000 NAO Humanoid robots in use and only 92 Apps available for download through the Aldebaran App Store meaning that there is huge potential for growth in a robot platform that is only becoming more popular and mainstream. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrknRqBCLi
NAO Developer ProgramAldebaran provide developers in the NAO Developer Program with:
- Complete SDK: API libraries and developer tools necessary to build, test and debug apps
- Free Software updates
- Access to a dedicated community of NAO experts
- Dedicated platform for project exchange
- Support from R&D teams
- A dedicated NAO Apps store
- Community events, user-groups, hackathons