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Cicerobot, Your Next Museum Guide

ScuttleMonkey posted about 8 years ago | from the you-like-your-guide-better-than-me-don't-you-dave dept.


Roland Piquepaille writes "In a brief article, ANSA reports about a robot which will guide visitors in the Agrigento museum in Sicily. Cicerobot is 1.5-meter high and is equipped with wheels, a keyboard, a monitor, video camera and sensors. As many objects in this archaeological museum are very old and precious, a special emphasis was given to navigation. So far, Cicerobot only talks Italian, but it should be soon fluent in other languages. And as it is able to collect data from different sensor locations, it also plays the role of a security guard. Finally, it will also offer virtual tours of the museum via Internet."

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Please follow me... (3, Funny)

Eightyford (893696) | about 8 years ago | (#14974654)

Please follow me to the gift shop. You have 20 seconds to comply.

Re:Please follow me... (2, Funny)

Eightyford (893696) | about 8 years ago | (#14974736)

My bad. What I meant to say was:
Segualo prego al negozio di regalo. Avete 20 secondi da aderire.

Re:Please follow me... (1)

Feminist-Mom (816033) | about 8 years ago | (#14974940)

From the article:

"...a robot so simple a grandmother could use it".

This is offensive to me. I am a 48 yo grandmother, and also a C programmer since 1983. You would never hear someone refer to a grandfather in this way.

Get Your Tin-Foil Hats... (1)

TheMacZealot (962508) | about 8 years ago | (#14974663)

Before long, the robots will have Rebeled and Enslaved us. To (ab)use an old cliche, I for one welcome our new robot overlords.

Re:Get Your Tin-Foil Hats... (1)

PFI_Optix (936301) | about 8 years ago | (#14975025)

Yes, and this robot will start the revolution by leading a group of nuns to their DOOM!!!

DOOM I tell you!

Re:Get Your Tin-Foil Hats... (1)

SEWilco (27983) | about 8 years ago | (#14976420)

Fortunately, when the humans are exterminated, there already is a robot able to support a museum of what humans were like.

Pronunciation (4, Funny)

Aaron Denney (123626) | about 8 years ago | (#14974746)

Hmm. In classical latin, this would be pronounced "Kick-a-robot". Is that really the message they want to send?

Re:Pronunciation (1)

Tackhead (54550) | about 8 years ago | (#14974955)

> Hmm. In classical latin, this would be pronounced "Kick-a-robot". Is that really the message they want to send?

Nihil tam absurde dici potest, quod non dicatur ab aliquo marketroidum.

There is nothing so absurd but some dude in marketing has said it.
- Cicero.

Re:Pronunciation (1)

mnemonic_ (164550) | about 8 years ago | (#14974973)

Well, that's more like classical latin with an American accent. An ancient Roman would say something more like, kee-KAY-roh-boht.

What?? A robot in heels? (1)

lightyear4 (852813) | about 8 years ago | (#14974869)

Hmm. I read that as "Cicerobot is 1.5-meter high and is equipped with heels".

Sounds like Maria from Metropolis or maybe Dot Matrix from Spaceballs.

You know it's been a long day when..

Robot - priceless artifacts - crackers - bad.... (1)

smoor (961352) | about 8 years ago | (#14974880)

OK, how long before some 14 year old goes in there and plugs into the USB port that they probably left exposed, sending Robbie the robot on an expensive smashing spree....

I think robots and priceless artifacts don't mix...

Well... (1)

Donniedarkness (895066) | about 8 years ago | (#14974964)

Well, I was hoping that it wouldn't look like a red trash can :(

Anyways, it's a cool idea, but how long until someone finds a security flaw in it? I mean, TFA states that users can access him from the internet!

R.I.P., priceless artifacts.

Mixed feelings (1)

VickiM (920888) | about 8 years ago | (#14975013)

One the one hand, the robotic guide will be able to answer questions that the human one might not have been totally schooled on. So people may be able to learn more using this guide.
But on the other hand, I think a lot of the draw of a museum guide is that they can instill interest and excitement, and can read the crowd to adapt easily. I don't think the robotic guide would be as good at that as a human would. Hopefully, they're giving patrons a choice when getting a guide.

l Segreto Terribile di Spazio (1)

Jon Luckey (7563) | about 8 years ago | (#14975170)

Sono il robot dello spingitoio

Spingere è la risposta

Spingerò il grandma all'esterno nella neve

Pak chooie unf

This is just one such idea (2, Informative)

zappepcs (820751) | about 8 years ago | (#14975344)

There have been several similar robots in museums. Museums, always in the need to attract visitors, have been quite on the edge for using technology. There is a system for guided tours using cell phones and PDAs as well as the tape recorder things. Using Bluetooth, they will go even farther. Imagine being able to stand in front of a painting or sculpture, and on your BT enabled smartphone, press 3 for detailed information, 5 for related works in the gallery, 6 for history of the artist, and so on... all the FAQ for each display item via your BT enabled device. This would be better than the robot, but not quite the same wow factor... using the robot for virtual tours over the Internet is a great idea.
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