Softbank buys Aldebaran Robotics for more than $100 million
Japanese Group Softbank (Telecom/Internet company) is buying 80% of french robot maker Aldebaran Robotics for 100 million dollars. First companies that invested in the startup are now out : Intel Capital (Mr. Maisonnier’s own fund), iSource, Credit Agricole Private Equity and CDC Innovation.
Aldebaran was created in 2005 by Bruno Maisonnier and has a staff team of 150 people in several offices and research centers around the world.
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Biggest invention of the french robotics startup is the humanoid robot NAO. It costs around 15,000 dollars to buy one but with this new partnership we can hope than a public version at 1,000-4,000 $ is coming soon.
According to Financial Times via IEEE Softbank will “invest another $40m to $50m to accelerate development“.
Aldebran Robotics was also developing a bigger humanoid robot called ROMEO , an assistant for people suffering from loss of autonomy.
NAO Next Gen :