LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Art enthusiasts around the world can now visit a popular museum in Virginia from the comfort of their own home, thanks to a new robot.Airlines, Aviation Unions Call For Harsher Penalties For Unruly Passengers
“It is a stand in for a human,” says Cullen Strawn, Executive Director for the Arts at ODU.
Strawn came up with the idea after the COVID-19 pandemic closed the gallery to in-person visitors last year.
“We had to start thinking on how to expand access,” Strawn tells CBS affiliate WTKR.
You can sit at home or anywhere around the globe and invite your friends or a group. Then, you control Gordon from your phone, tablet or computer, taking in all the visuals.READ MORE: Hermosa Beach Officials Cracking Down On Unruly Parties, Public Intoxication, Underage Drinking This July 4 Holiday
“It allows you when you move around the space, to zoom in on art on labels and so much more,” said Strawn.
Users can also take pictures and interact live with staff in the art gallery through a speaker and built-in microphone. But don’t worry — Gordon has got loads of sensors to make sure you don’t accidentally bump into any breakables.
“It is very user-friendly, very easy and it’s a lot of fun to move an object through a remote location,” Strawn said.
The robot is linked to ODU’s ticketing system. You can reserve a time to operate Gordon; it is $15 for 60 minutes for the general public, with discounts for ODU students and staff.MORE NEWS: Multiple People Injured In 4-Car Crash In Van Nuys
In the meantime, the museum itself is open again for in-person visits, but only for ODU faculty, staff and enrolled students. Strawn isn’t sure when it will be open again to the public.