Robot guides arrive in Turin museums thanks to 5G. They describe the works and answer questions


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FromMay 9th to 13thvisitors to the Madama Palaceand in the future also to the GAM of Turinwill be accompanied inside the museum by a special tour guide: The robot R1. The humanoid robot was designed by the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa and works thanks to the 5G network covered by TIM together with Ericsson within the two structures.

The robot, tall 1.25 meters for 50 kg in weight and made of plastic and carbon fiber, capable of carrying out the activities of a human tour guide. Indeed, robot R1 answers visitors’ questions and explains the works in detail kept in the museum very quickly.

“5G Tours” the name of the parent project, started in 2019, of which Turin stands out as one of the most developed and committed cities in the sector. The theme of art and technology is not new, these sectors have been building for several years an ever stronger alchemyjust think of the NFT boom.

The project was absolutely new for us and for IIT explains Anna Follo as we had never faced an experience that saw as the protagonist a robot with such an advanced AI in the museum context, in close contact with the public. Our education department had to take note of the constraints and potential of R1 in order to design a feasible and safe experience in the context of a traditional museum setup such as that of the GAM. With IIT there has been a continuous relationship of exchange, which has led us to discover many possibilities during the evolution of the project“, stated in an interview Anna FolloChief Digital Officer of the Torino Musei Foundation.


Robotics, 5G and Artificial Intelligence they will be the future of museums, but at present time and experience are still needed to see them on a permanent basis. 5G Tours has created other technological initiatives in addition to the use of Robot R1. In particular, in collaboration with Samsunginside the museums there will be gods interactive walls useful for narrating and painting works digitally, especially dedicated to children.


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