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AGWA is launching a new public engagement program including a robot guide ‘Aggie’ the world’s first art gallery engagement robot. Developed with Perth-based technology firm Smartbots, Aggie is a walking talking art expert who brings the works in the Gallery to life with enchanting insights and childlike wonder. Aimed specifically at families, Aggie will lead a monthly tour around the collection and also host workshops for children in the new Imagination Room.
• Aggie is the world’s first humanoid robot art gallery guide.
• She is the result of a collaboration between the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Perth-based leader in robotic technology, Smartbots, to bring an entertaining new dimension to the enjoyment of visual arts.
• She will call the Art Gallery of Western Australia home and join its team of 80 guru (human) guides.
• From 28th May she’ll be leading monthly, hour-long tours, providing an informative, entertaining and sometimes humorous look at various artworks within the Gallery’s collection. Read more about Aggie's tours.
• Aggie will also host a monthly Robot Art Class for children. Read more about Aggie's art class.
• Aggie is a truly international robot. She is a Nao robot, designed by French company Alderbaran running on software developed by Belgian firm QBMT, which has been expanded on by Perth-based technology experts Smartbots.