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  • Seoul Museum of History Introduces Telepresence Robots for Remote-controlled Exhibitions

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    • Citizens can remotely control the telepresence robot to freely move, watch, and participate in history education without coming to the museum
    • The service will be expanded to disabled people who have difficulty accessing museums, classes in islands and remote rural areas, overseas residents and ordinary citizens

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, June 16, 2021 – The Seoul Museum of History introduces the “Telepresence Robot” for the first time among Korean museums and art galleries to allow visitors to see exhibitions without coming directly to the museum. Although the robot has been used in hospitals and universities in Korea, it is the first time that it has been introduced to museums and art galleries.

    “Telepresence” is a next-generation video conferencing system that make people feel like facing each other directly through a digital display. Visitors can remotely control the robot and enjoy the exhibition through the camera as if they were actually seeing it. Through robots, people can talk to docents with guidance and communicate directly.

    The Seoul Museum of History will run on a test operation for remote viewing and history education for patients who cannot come to the museum directly. It will be held from June 29th to October 12th for patients at the hospital school of Yonsei Cancer Center. Patients will use robots to visit the exhibition and ask instructors to experience as if they were actually in a museum.

    After the trial operation, the museum plans to exhibitions and customized education services to disabled people, classes in islands and remote rural areas, overseas residents and ordinary citizens. Starting next year, it will find other participants alienated from online education and carry out exhibition and education programs using the robots.

    On the 3rd (Thursday), Simona Chalupová, Director of the Chrudim Puppetry Museum in Czech Republic, attended the opening ceremony of the international exchange exhibition through the telepresence robot. Despite the difficulty of coming directly due to COVID-19, remote meetings using robots were able to be held from inspection of exhibitions to celebration of hosting.

    Bae Hyun-sook, Director of the Seoul Museum of History, said, “We expect it to be an attempt to provide remote-controlled exhibition services to those who have difficulty accessing the museum, as well as a new alternative to future education that transcends physical boundaries.”

    Seoul Museum of History Introduces Telepresence Robots for Remote-controlled Exhibitions