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Experiences from the Use of a Robotic Avatar in a Museum Setting

By D. Arnold, A. Chalmers, D. Fellner, Maria Roussou, Panos Trahanias, George Giannoulis, George Kamarinos, Antonis Argyros, Dimitris Tsakiris, Pantelis Georgiadis, Wolfram Burgard, Dirk Haehnel, Armin Cremers, Dirk Schulz, Mark Moors, Elias Spirtounias, Mika Marianthi, Ra Reitelman, Dimitrios Konstantios and Andromachi Katselaki


Access to cultural exhibits is a central issue in museums and exhibition galleries that is recently approached under a new, technological perspective. Although the cultural industries’ practices in the cases of museums and cultural exhibits have remained practically unchanged for long, in recent years we are witnessing a gradual adoption of media-technologies in various aspects, such as collections archiving and digital document preservation, media- and Web-presentation, graphical animations, etc. Lately, Internet and Web-based technologies have been employed for providing access, mostly to images of exhibited objects. In few cases, the incorporation of higher-end technology, such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, or robotics, is explored. In this paper we present such an effort, the TOURBOT project (an acronym for TOUr-guide RoBOT), which emphasize

Year: 2009
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