A robot art guide to draw them in
A SUBIACO-based computer systems engineering company has created the world’s first tailor-made robot art guide for the Art Gallery of WA.
Aggie the robot will be giving guided tours at the gallery once a month and hosting an art class for children, as part of the ‘galleries seeing things differently’ campaign.
Smartbots chief executive Anitra Robertson said the company programmed Aggie’s personality, behaviour and the knowledge needed to be a guide at the art gallery.
Ms Robertson said the company was approached in January to take part in a partnership on how new technology could bring younger generations into the gallery.
“It’s taken five months to make Aggie what she is today,” she said.
“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with AGWA and to help connect the beauty of science and technology with art.”
The pint-sized robot comes in at 70cm tall and can dance, high five, wink and make eye contact with gallery visitors. Aggie will do guided tours with her handler and a real-life tour guide, who will ask questions visitors may have.
Art Gallery of WA director Stefano Carboni said Aggie was just one of the innovative strategies to encourage more people to visit the gallery.
Mr Carboni said the partnership between the gallery and Smartbots was a match made in heaven.
“We’ve introduced a new space, new café, new logo and rebranding, which we all hope will encourage more people to the gallery, but Aggie has definitely stolen the thunder,” he said.
“We need to be more creative with the way we engage people and we hope using technology and innovation, we will appeal to a wider audience.”
Where art meets Aggie: The world’s first robot art guide with Art Gallery of WA director Stefano Carboni.