TeleTrip and MOSI partner to launch virtual travel experience, allowing anyone to explore MOSI remotely with telepresence robots

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TeleTrip offers a virtual travel experience, allowing people to experience exciting destinations through the eyes of a telepresence robot, without leaving their homes. By partnering with the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) people from around the world can drive a telepresence robot in the museum and see some of the current exhibits on display.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to spread MOSI’s mission - to make science real for people of all ages and backgrounds – to every corner of the globe," said Molly Demeulenaere, MOSI's CEO and president.

TeleTrip, the world’s first virtual travel company, announced today that it is partnering with the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, Florida to offer remote telepresence access to MOSI exhibits to people around the world.

MOSI is the largest science center in the Southeast, which serves the greater Tampa Bay area and, as of today, the entire world. Among their current exhibit offerings, MOSI features an innovative look at robotic technologies including the first ever publicly accessible driverless car, drones and other forms of Telepresence robots. With TeleTrip, people anywhere will be able to view the more than 450 exhibits at MOSI and remotely access a telepresence robot located inside the museum.

“With TeleTrip providing the technology, MOSI can open its doors to anyone with an internet connection. This is an extraordinary opportunity to spread MOSI’s mission - to make science real for people of all ages and backgrounds – to every corner of the globe,” said Molly Demeulenaere, MOSI’s president and CEO. “With this new level of global accessibility, we hope to not only entertain, but educate guests who may not otherwise have the chance to visit the science center in their lifetime.”

TeleTrip gives people the opportunity to explore attractions all over the world using telepresence controllable robots. Each controllable robot allows anyone, anywhere, to visit a foreign city, attend a remote event or conference, see the best museums or sites, and experience the wonders of the world in an immersive way.

TeleTrip devices are currently located at tourist sites in New York City, like Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park, with locations being added daily including museums, boutique stores and art galleries. Users pay a small per-minute fee to access robots on the TeleTrip network that covers the cost of the robots and goes to support the host sites. TeleTrip is launching on Kickstarter and backers will be able to explore all the locations, including MOSI.

“We want to give anyone, living anywhere, no matter what their circumstances, instant access to explore and experience cool places around the world,” said Brian Maxwell, travel enthusiast and founder of TeleTrip. “We’re very excited to be working with MOSI, allowing people from all over the planet to explore the museum with the click of a button. MOSI is a world-class museum and more people should have the opportunity to see it. Those who can’t make the trip to Tampa now have that chance using TeleTrip.”

Beyond the remote video experience, TeleTrip also allows viewers to move around, pan, tilt, view and hear everything in each location. As a one-to-one experience, virtual travelers can interact with their surroundings and guests within the museum.

For more information on TeleTrip visit: http://www.tryteletrip.com
For more information on MOSI visit: http://www.mosi.org
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About MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)

MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, technology, engineering, art and math (S.T.E.A.M.) and is home to the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre, the only IMAX dome theater in the state of Florida. MOSI's core ideology is to make a difference in people's lives by making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds. MOSI gives away more than $3 million in free or discounted memberships each year, $250,000 in free tickets annually and approximately 600 scholarships each year for children to attend MOSI Summer Science Camps. Additionally, MOSI’s education staff works closely with area teachers offering free training and support for area science educators. With a total size of more than 400,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States. Learn through play inside Kids In Charge! the largest Children’s Science Center in the nation or The Amazing You—a 13,000-square-foot exhibition on health and wellness. Conquer your fears on MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course and Zip Line. Budding inventors can engineer anything imaginable and hold it in the palm of their hand in MOSI’s technology playground and inventor’s studio, Idea Zone; and aspiring astronauts can travel to the moon to operate a lunar colony in Mission: Moonbase, funded in part by NASA. MOSI is the proud winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums and a recipient of the NOYCE Foundation’s Bright Lights Community Engagement Award. For more information on MOSI, visit http://www.mosi.org.

About TeleTrip
TeleTrip is the world’s first virtual travel company. With TeleTrip users can explore cool places all over the world with telepresence robots. The mission of TeleTrip is to give everyone the opportunity to explore amazing locations around the world.

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