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    Robots Offer After Dark Views Of Tate Museum

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    Thanks to London’s Tate Museum now everyone has a chance to roam around the galleries after lights out, albeit only virtually.

    Typically the only people who get to check out museums after closing time are staff members and art thieves.

    Thanks to London’s Tate Britain, now everyone has a chance to roam around the galleries after lights out, albeit only virtually.

    Four robots have been set loose in the museum, and the opportunity to control them via an online portal has been made available.

    The special feature began August 13th and is scheduled to run for 5 nights.

    Those wanting to experience a customized, after-hours tour need only sign up for a spot and take the reins when it’s their turn.

    The robots can move forward, turn, and look up and down. Should their gaze fall upon an artwork, experts have been made available to provide commentary on the piece.

    Participants don’t need to worry about running into paintings or knocking over sculptures, as the rovers are specially programmed to avoid doing such things.

    Those not fortunate enough to get a chance at steering can still enjoy the tours via a live stream of the events.

    The robot idea was presented during a competition calling for innovative ways to incorporate digital technology into the museum experience.