The MuseBot Project: Robotics, Informatic, and Economics Strategies for Museums

The MuseBot Project: Robotics, Informatic, and Economics Strategies for Museums

Arturo Gallozzi (University of Cassino and South Latium, Italy), Giuseppe Carbone (University of Cassino and South Latium, Italy), Marco Ceccarelli (University of Cassino and South Latium, Italy), Claudio De Stefano (University of Cassino and South Latium, Italy), Alessandra Scotto di Freca (University of Cassino and South Latium, Italy), Marina Bianchi (University of Cassino and South Latium, Italy) and Michela Cigola (University of Cassino and South Latium, Italy)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1754-3.ch082

Abstract

This chapter intends to present the MuseBot system as the result of multidisciplinary research, underway at the University of Cassino and Southern Latium, which focuses on the use of robots for visiting a museum during closing time. During the visit the visitor, connected to the robot through a home computer, smartphone or tablet can control and “drive” the device through the halls of the museum. During the virtual tour the visitor, focusing and viewing the various works on display can get a simple view or an extended examination of the work that he/she is looking at, through a specially prepared multimedia database.
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The Musebot Project

The MuseBot project builds on the British “After Dark” experience, with the intention to move forward, expanding and enriching the experience of a museum visit.

Some museums already have guides which, in the form of smartphones and using a Wi-Fi connection, automatically connect to a database that provide the visitor with considerable background information on what is being observed.

Our project proposes a combination of the two experiences described above by means of a research itinerary focused on the use of robots to visit a museum when it is closed. This will allow a visitor connected to the robot through a home computer, tablet or smartphone, to control and “guide” the device through the museum rooms, framing and looking at the various works and obtaining a diversified view to which multiple media can be associated. (Cigola, Gallozzi, Ceccarelli, Carbone, De Stefano & Scotto di Freca 2014).

Figure 1.

Schema of a MUSEUM tour

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