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Conroy launches CSIRO's Robot project

March 22, 2013 | Telepresence Options

Story and Images by Hafizah Osman / ARNnet

Robot lets children all over Australia use broadband to visit the National Museum without leaving their classrooms

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has launched CSIRO's Robot project, which will let children Australia-wide utilise broadband to visit the National Museum without leaving their classrooms.

The CSIRO-developed mobile tele-presence technology consist of two robots which enable school groups connected to the NBN to remotely and independently control their own view of museum exhibits while interacting with a museum educator.

CSIRO said, in a statement, that the technology is the "first of its kind: interactive, mobile, wireless, dynamic, and accessible".

Conroy said the introduction of such technology means that Australians no longer have to live near nor travel to national institutions to experience everything they offer.

"The Museum Robot is a perfect example of how the NBN is opening up rich new educational opportunities to students from all over Australia, no matter where they live," he said.

He also claimed it leads to great opportunities that help drive remote tourism to other culturally significant sites and museums across the globe.

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