AS PART of the reconstruction and transformation of the New Synagogue in Žilina into a centre for modern art, the Truc Sphérique non-governmental organisation plans to use a remotely controlled robot to map the building’s original air distribution systems and infrastructure. The robot will be used to study the possibilities for passive heating of the building, which was designed by German architect Peter Behrens and dates to 1931.
“We discovered many interconnected air vents and cavities in the walls and floors, and so we welcomed the chance to send a robotic tank with a remotely controlled camera that can reach places inaccessible to humans,” head of Truc Sphérique Marek Adamov told the SITA newswire. The association began reconstructing the synagogue in 2012, and the expenses have been assessed at €1 million.
Lukáš Horák of the Centre of Technical Education / Centrum technického vzdelávnaia civic association, which lent the robot, told the TASR newswire that the robotic mini-vehicle was developed to research dangerous or inaccessible spaces, and it contains a special camera capable of recording in the dark. It is able to access inaccessible terrain, break through thin walls and ascend steep
1. Apr 2013 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská