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Cybraphon wins BAFTA

A robotic one-man band, driven by software designed at the University, has won a BAFTA Scotland award.

Cybraphon in the InSpace Gallery

Cybraphon, described by its creators as "an autonomous emotional robot band", has won the award in the Interactive category.

The BAFTA Scotland awards recognise achievement in film, television and interactive arts.

Image-conscious

Cybraphon features a collection of self-playing vintage instruments including a reed organ and an Indian accordion housed within a Victorian wardrobe.

But behind its antique appearance is a cutting edge computer brain, whose personality is modelled on an image-conscious rock band.

Cybraphon has accounts on Facebook and Twitter and every 15 seconds checks whether it has received any pokes or tweets, as well as Googling itself and monitoring reviews and comments.

If Cybraphon feels popular, it will play an upbeat tune and post happy Twitter messages to its fans. When publicity dies down, however, it will sink into depression and grumble online about the lack of attention.

Cybraphon was built by the FOUND collective. The software which drives the robot's brain was designed by Professor Simon Kirby of the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences.