Tuesday, August 3, 2010

UNC Charlotte is Famous for something other than Graduating The RR

Yes folks, I always claim I have an Honorary Degree from UNCC. I believe they got tired of having me take Calculus and Statistics and just gave me the Degree. Funny thing is, all these years later, and I still haven't had to find x. Now UNCC makes the list for the second most wasteful Stimulus project, and to answer that question you all have...No I was not in the dance school.

2. “Dance Draw” - Interactive Dance Software Development
(Charlotte, NC) - $762,372
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte received more than $750,000 in stimulus funds to help
develop a computerized choreography program that its creators believe could lead to a YouTube-like
“Dance Tube” online application.10 The grant says UNC-Charlotte will “define an evolving system that
assists in the design and production of interactive dance performances with real-time audience

A device is attached to each dancer, which will be recorded on video,12 and their movements will be
logged and analyzed. “This will allow choreographers to explore interactive dance without always
having a full cast of dancers present,” the grant states.13 One day, dance performances may enjoy the
popularity of YouTube hits like “double rainbow”14 or “dramatic-look prairie dog.”15 States the grant:
“The system will be extended into a Web-based ‘Dance Tube’ application that will allow the public to
engage in interactive dance choreography.”16

Administrative expenses are unusually high for this project, however. The project’s lead researcher noted
that the university is taking a 44 percent cut to cover “overhead expenses.”17

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