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photo by Sarah Janes     kulturBOT, designed by McMaster’s David Harris Smith and University College London’s Frauke Zeller, is currently reviewing works at the Museum of Art. The robot - a modified floor sweeper - projects images and texts onto the Museum's walls.
January 30, 2013

Watch your step: Campus’ toughest art critic could be under your feet

You’ll want to watch where you walk if you visit one of the Museum of Art’s latest exhibitions.

That’s because kulturBOT will be roaming the museum’s floors.

The small robot – a modified floor sweeper with a wire-filled casing made out of a strainer – is mounted with a mini camera and projector, which it uses to “review” exhibition works.

Its designers, McMaster’s David Harris Smith and University College London’s Frauke Zeller, programmed kulturBOT with text, which it superimposes over whatever it sees and projects onto the museum’s walls.

The robot is currently rolling through “About the Mind”, an exhibition which explores the concept of mind through the work of four internationally-acclaimed visual artists, between noon and 2 p.m. The exhibition runs until March 30.