SINGAPORE – A robot-guide and a chatbot helping users find their way have joined the list of exhibitions at National Gallery Singapore.
These are part of several tech projects currently on display at the Y-Lab Showcase, an area of ââthe museum that was officially opened to the public on Thursday, November 25.
The area features technological prototypes designed by individuals and organizations with which the museum has recently partnered. The projects presented will be modified every six months.
The Y-Lab showcase currently houses 11 projects, about half of which are deployed by the museum.
They include Temi, a robot that can take visitors to tour exhibits, and the museum’s app, Gallery Explorer.
Temi has been deployed in the DBS Singapore Gallery in the building since September of last year, and there are plans to expand its use to other galleries in the museum.
Gallery Explorer provides visitors with information on the works of art and features of the museum and offers, among other things, self-guided audio tours.
Other projects used by the gallery are app features such as a chatbot that can answer common visitors’ questions.
The remaining prototypes in the Y-Lab Showcase have either been tested, but have yet to be rolled out by the gallery – like another chatbot that helps visitors navigate the building by giving them directions – or are still in development course.
The opening of the exhibition space is an important step for Y-Lab, an initiative of the gallery.
The innovation lab aims to help organizations and entrepreneurs launch or test their artistic and technological projects.
These projects include those intended to help artists in their work or enhance the experience of museum visitors.
In her speech on Thursday, National Gallery Singapore Managing Director Chong Siak Ching noted that many museums around the world already have their own innovation labs.
âAs one of the newer museums in this region, we see the need and the opportunity to create next-generation innovations for the arts and culture sector,â she said.
“And as a result, we’ve decided to take the plunge to find ways to incorporate as much innovation and technology into what we’re doing – experimenting as much as possible.”