Some folks absolutely adore museums, while others would far prefer to spend their time elsewhere than look at relics from the past. Here is a novel method of changing your perspective on museum visits – apparently, the Tate museum over in London has announced the winner of its new IK Prize, which is an estimated $115,000 reward that will be handed over to a design team that has the best new method to experience a modern day museum – albeit in the digital realm. After Dark is the champion, where it was constructed by a three-member team who have called themselves “The Workers”.
The After Dark project will incorporate remote controlled robots, in addition to an online community of users, as well as the actual after-hours museum floor that results in a novel manner of paying the local museum a visit. Whenever the lights are turned off and official visiting hours are over, the quartet of After Hours robots will be activated. This would enable anyone with a decent Internet connection to log in and tour the museum, using the robots as a proxy. Like in real life, however, the queue will work on a first-come, first-served basis, where you can then guide the robot down to whatever exhibit that you want to check out.