To buy a Nao robot, purchase it online from the official distributor, RobotsLab. The manufacturer, Aldebaran Labs, does not directly sell Nao models to consumers. Aldebaran's other robot model, Pepper, is sold directly from the manufacturer, but is only available to customers in Japan.
RobotsLab is the official U.S. distributor of Nao robots. It sells the Nao robot in two colors: blue and red. The site provides documentation for researchers and high schools, as well as software data sheets and a curriculum for science classes.
Nao supports programming in several popular programming languages, including Java, C++ and Python. It also features Choregraphe, a drag-and-drop programming interface for beginning users who are not comfortable directly writing code. Nao also includes advanced simulation software.
Nao is used in classrooms to teach programming and robotics. Beginner students use Choregraphe to easily coordinate preprogrammed behaviors. More advanced students can program their own behaviors and save them to libraries for later use. The simulation software allows these advanced students to test commands and simulate their effects on Nao's behavior before saving them.
Nao robot units have a set retail price, but specialized price quotes are available to schools. These quotes include a price for robots, training for teachers, curriculum materials, software development services, consulting and robot maintenance.