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We're building a robot piano that plays the emotional state of your story to display on campus at The University of Texas at Dallas.
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Is anything we say online really beautiful? Are we simply putting things out on the internet and creating noise?

We are graduating seniors at The University of Texas at Dallas in the Arts and Technology and Emerging Media and Communications programs. We wanted to make a statement about the way we create our digital space. 

Through a public art piece we hope to help people think about what they say online and how they are using their digital space. 

Short and simple version; Users will go to our website and they will tell part of a story Round Robin style. That story will be analyzed by a computer for emotion and sent to a piano which will then play major or minor key based on whether that story is happy or sad.

TLDR ver. - The sentences will be mapped to keys on the piano and each letter will play back a note. The key of those notes will be determined by a sentiment engine on the server. For instance a 'F' may play a C on the piano for a happy sentence but if the sentence is found to have negative sentiment then that sentence will be moved to a set of minor sounding sadder notes.

The need for user input and participation is important to the success of the project. The telematic art piece will be presented and performed at UTD at the end of April. There will be a live stream, probably through Periscope or Meerkat or both.

In the event we raise over our requested amount we will use that to keep the project running and refine it. We'd love to use better gear, so the more money we raise the better the final product will be.

Being that we're college students, we're limited on funds. We're hoping through the kindness of friends, family, and strangers to pull this off. Plus, it's a robot piano controlled by the internet, how can it not be cool?

Risks and challenges

Our only concern right now is the hardware in the piano and funding that. All the software and backend work is in confident hands and we have the real world pieces worked out on paper. We just need the funding to put it to task and work out the real world bugs that are inevitable. It's also a super short funding goal due to the assignment requirements.

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    Mention on the sponsors section of our site. This will be seen by whoever visits the site to interact with the piano.

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    Same as above but with logo placement on the site.

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    Our eternal gratitude and same as above.

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    We'll put your name on the piano. We're okay with corporate sponsorship. We'll probably also buy you a burger, so you're welcome to pick our brains about the project.

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