Telepresence robots let bedridden art lovers explore museums remotely

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While most museums make a big effort to make their spaces accessible to as many people as possible, countless citizens are still unable to visit because of poor health or disabilities. Now, a roaming video device called Beam — developed by Suitable Technologies — could enable people to explore the exhibits in museums and galleries remotely. Beam is a moving telepresence device which can be controlled remotely via desktop. The robot is equipped with a wide angle camera at approximately eye level and another facing the ground, to help the pilot navigate the space. The camera has a 3x zoom,…

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