Museum guide
Remote student

CSIRO is developing technology that will allow remote visitors to 'visit' a museum using a semi-autonomous mobile robot and an immersive web interface. The system is designed to allow remote visitors to feel as though they are on an actual tour in the museum.

The enabler for this rich and interactive online experience will be the high-bandwidth National Broadband Network (NBN).


Hosted by the National Museum of Australia, the first deployment and trial of the system will take place in the newly opened Landmarks Gallery and will involve students from schools across Australia.

Mobile Telepresence System:

  • Allows live interaction between remote students and an educator in the museum
  • Multiple remote students connect via a single robot, but can control their own view within the gallery
  • Remote students can access additional digital content about objects on display, augmenting their tour experience
Outline of the mobile telepresence system

Providing an enhanced educational experience


CSIRO and the National Museum of Australia are collaborating to design and develop technology, content, and educational programs that combine to provide an experience that is:

  • Immersive
    • The remote student feels as if they are present in the gallery
  • Interactive
    • Remote students engage in discussions with the educator and other students on their tour
  • Engaging
    • Students can explore digital content that is relevant to the current conversation