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Sir Winston Churchill’s birthplace, Blenheim Palace, is experimenting with a five-foot tall robot tour guide, called Betty.
The autonomous robot is the latest in a series of tech advances in the grand stately home.
Betty - Visitors - Information - Questions
Betty is designed to seek out visitors to provide information and answer their questions.
It even takes selfies with visitors and can upload them to social media using the Twitter hashtag #bettyinthepalace.
Hours - Halls - UNESCO - World - Heritage
After spending 12 hours roaming the halls of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Betty takes herself off to a docking station to recharge.
The wheeled machine has been made by boffins at the nearby Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI) from Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science.
ORI - Reputation - Autonomy - Machines - Environments
The ORI has a world-leading reputation in mobile autonomy and develops machines which map, navigate through and understand their environments.
They approached bosses at Blenheim to see if they wanted to trial Betty, a MetraLabs SCITOS A5 robot.
Betty - Tourists - Blenheim - Great - Hall
Betty has been programmed to greet tourists in Blenheim’s Great Hall and prove snippets of information about the palace and its history.
But nervous staff are taking care not to let Betty get too close to some of the palace’s expensive and rare antiques and artefacts.
Jonathan - Prince - Spokesman - Blenheim - 'We
Jonathan Prince, a spokesman for Blenheim, said: 'We do have many priceless heirlooms here but the Great Hall is massive and is a safe...
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