Museum Educator operating museum robot

Students will be able to connect to a robot guided tour of the Landmarks gallery at the National Museum of Australia.

Telepresence robot for museums

We’re creating a mobile tele-presence robot to help connect school kids and visitors in regional areas to the National Museum of Australia.

  • 25 January 2013 | Updated 4 November 2013

The challenge

For many, a visit to a museum is an eye-opener, but for students in rural areas of Australia, the aged in nursing homes, or simply those people who stay at home, find it impossible to visit a museum, no matter how much they’d like to because of distance and cost.

The solution

A key feature of the system is the interactive nature of the experience. The museum educator will be able to engage and challenge the students by posing multiple-choice questions, polling and viewing the student’s responses in real-time.

With funding from the Australian Government, we’re working with the National Museum of Australia to create and trial a mobile telepresence robot. The museum robot will accompany education staff through the Landmarks gallery taking remote visitors on a virtual tour of the museum.

The robot, via a high speed broadband connection, allows the remote visitor to interact with a human educator in the museum. The human educator leads the robot whilst the remote visitors use the panoramic camera to look around and explore items in the exhibit.

Apart from listening to the educator and looking around the museum, the remote students will also be able to see and interact with information about each of the objects on display for example exploring images of objects in their original settings or during restoration.

A key feature of the system is the interactive nature of the experience. The museum educator will be able to engage and challenge the students by posing multiple-choice questions, polling and viewing the student’s responses in real-time.

 

Museum educator with a headset facing Robot. A school student looking at computer screen.

Students will be able to connect to a robot guided tour of the Landmarks gallery at the National Museum of Australia.


The impact

The mobile telepresence technology developed by CSIRO in this project will offer a solution which will initially allow all schools with a high speed broadband connection to visit the landmarks gallery at the National Museum of Australia.

The trial will demonstrate the educational outcomes and benefits of enabling remote museum visits via the Museum Robot enabled by high speed broadband. It will also provide an implementation blueprint for the ongoing operation of the technology in the National Museum of Australia and deployment in other institutions.

This technology will eventually allow all Australians with a high speed broadband connection especially those in rural and regional areas to experience and access a range of our national treasures, despite the tyranny of distance.

This project is an Australian Government funded initiative.

Find out more about the telepresence for museums project or contact our business development team if you are a museum, institution or business interested in a tailored mobile telepresence solution.

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