Betty The Robot
Betty arrived with Professor Nick Hawes when he joined the ORI in 2017. Betty is a MetraLabs SCITOS A5 robot, designed for indoor service operations. The A5 can perform up to 12 hours of autonomous operation before automatically docking and recharging. Autonomy software for the A5 was developed during the EU STRANDS project which saw Betty and similar robots autonomously perform service roles in offices and care homes for months at a time.
In 2019 Betty spent some time in Blenheim’s Great Hall and was programmed to greet tourists and provide snippets of information about the palace and its history. Betty even took selfies with visitors and uploaded them to social media using the Twitter hashtag #bettyinthepalace.