Smithsonian Museums Introduces Robot Guides to Lure in Visitors

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If you are planning to go on a Washington DC tour this year, then the Smithsonian museums in the city should be on top of your list of places to see while you are in the US capital. The structural beauty and abundant collections at these museums might have been the major highlights of these museums until a few days ago. However, the newly hired robot guides in the museum have already become another major highlight of the Smithsonian Institute.

The wide-eyed four-foot tall robots who are equipped with touch screens are currently welcoming guests to the museums. A chance to dance, play, and take selfies with these adorable robots is something you do not want to miss while you are touring Washington DC with your kids. The robots, which are all named as Pepper, are displayed in multiple numbers of Smithsonian museums in order to lure in tourists and natives to the less popular exhibits in the museums.

The robots are designed in such a way that they are capable of answering the common questions of museum visitors. Apart from that, they can make gestures and even tell stories about the artifacts and artworks that are housed inside the Smithsonian museums. However, the authorities have placed the robots only in some of the museums but it is rumored that they will gradually make room for the robots in all the Smithsonian museums.

You can find the innovative robotic guides and interact with them at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, the National Museum of African Art, the Smithsonian Castle, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The director of the Arts and Industry Building, Rachel Goslins said, “We’re eager to experiment with how Pepper can help us support docents and educators in the vital work they do while providing a fun and surprising experience for the millions of children and adults who visit us each year.”

Steve Carlin, who is the chief strategy officer of Softbank Robotics, the company that manufactured 25 robots for the museum, said, “By interacting with museum visitors and providing insight on different exhibits, Pepper will help guide their educational experience through the Smithsonian that they otherwise might have missed out on.” So, make sure to schedule a visit to the Smithsonian museum to meet Pepper.

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