Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Robot Tourguide for Museum

A 1.5-metre-high robot named Cicerobot will soon be guiding tourists around a Sicilian archaeological collection .

The bright red robot moves on wheels and is equipt with a keyboard, a monitor, video camera and sensors.

"Cicerobot is able to plan out tours in accordance with the needs of individual visitors," explained Antonio Chella, head of the Palermo University robotics laboratory that invented the mechanism .

"His sensors allow him to guide tourists around the museum, avoiding obstacles and queues" .

Cicerobot will also be on the internet so that people from all over the world can join in as he gives tours around the museum.

The creators hope that robots will be widely used in museums around Italy. They can also double as security guards.

ANSA.it - News in English - Robot guide for museum visitors


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