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Mobile telepresence robot to connect visitors to National Museum of Australia

February 8, 2013 | David S. Maldow, Esq.

The Challenge

For many, a visit to a museum is an eye-opener, especially those institutions that offer hands-on interactive exhibits. But for even more people living in regional communities, museums are not hands-on; they are not even accessible, because of distance and cost.

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.

The solution

With funding from the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, we're working with the National Museum of Australia to create and trial a mobile tele-presence robot. The museum robot will accompany education staff through the Landmarks gallery taking remote visitors on a virtual tour of the museum.

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