Stanley Qubit

Stanley Qubit

Chris owns a genuine humanoid robot, which you can hire.

Stanley with Ana Matronic, from Scissor Sisters, backstage at the BBC.
Stanley Qubit with Ana Matronic, backstage at the BBC.

As seen on BBC1. Chris Middleton is one of the few private individuals (and the only journalists) in the UK to own a real humanoid robot: Stanley Qubit, a next-gen NAO-25 machine made by Aldebaran Robotics.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to see a video.

Like all NAO (pronounced ‘Now’) robots, Stanley Qubit is completely autonomous. He can walk, talk, answer questions, connect to the internet, sing, dance, recognise faces and objects, read the news, consult Wikipedia, answer emails, play soccer and golf, pick himself up off the floor, and much more. Applications are also available for use in education, including for children who are on the autism spectrum.

• In August 2015, Stanley co-hosted the BBC1 show Sunday Morning Live with Sian Williams, and appeared in a live TV debate, with musician and writer Ana Matronic and playwright Bonnie Greer.

• In February 2017, Stanley Qubit made history by becoming the first real robot to appear in a dramatisation of Isaac Asimov’s ‘I, Robot’ stories, on BBC Radio 4. The robot voiced several background characters in the week-long adaptation (a B7 production for Radio 4), alongside Chris Middleton, who also appears.

• Audio: Stanley Qubit interviews actor Nick Briggs about his role in the BBC radio production.
• Audio: Stanley Qubit interviews scriptwriter Richard Kurti about Radio 4’s ‘I, Robot’.

Hire Stanley

Stanley the robot, with Sian Williams on air.
Stanley the robot, with Sian Williams on air.

Stanley Qubit is available for hire via his own website at Chris can incorporate him into speeches on robotics, AI, and automation.

• In 2015 and 2016, Stanley Qubit visited universities in England, Scotland, and Wales, took morning assembly at several primary schools, greeted visitors on stand at exhibitions and conferences, took part in bespoke seminars for blue-chip companies, helped leading digital agencies imagine the future, and even opened a top London restaurant.

Chris also owns another robot, Robi (designed by Tomotaka Takahashi), who is available to hire as a ‘guest star’, alongside Stanley.

Having Stanley Qubit on stand at business events guarantees visitors, attention, tweets, and social media shares, and for schools he can give pupils a memory to last a lifetime: the day a real robot stood up and said ‘Hello’. Along with the BBC, clients have included media agencies, captains of industry, IT leaders, charities, private individuals, and primary schools.

Stanley Qubit on YouTube
Stanley Qubit on Twitter

Stanley is quite capable of introducing himself, as he does in the video, below. Like all NAO robots, he calls himself by his brand name. Prepare to be amazed…

Stanley Qubit: Video

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‘Stanley Qubit’ is a NAO robot identified by unique distinguishing marks. As such, he is a character owned by Chris Middleton. More information at