Hardware Support

NAO Robot Ankle Support from Simulink

Model and simulate a complicated ankle joint using Simulink and Simscape Multibody, and try out your algorithms interactively on the NAO Robot Ankle Kit.


The NAO Ankle Kit from Aldebaran Robotics lets users explore, design, and test behavior of this complex joint. The roll and pitch joints are controlled over a USB connection, enabling motor commands to be sent at high data rates (921.6 kbps), and motor encoder values to be returned back to Simulink®. You can use this system in teaching and research to explore the behavior of closed/open loop systems, review mechanical concepts, simulate systems, and much more.

With Simulink and related products, you can:

  • Import a CAD model from SolidWorks into Simulink
  • Simulate the mechanical system with Simscape Multibody™ and add electromechanical components with Simscape™
  • Design your control algorithms verified using 3-D simulation
  • Control the ankle-joint movement from Simulink using serial IO blocks

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