YayTM: Rewarding Quality Dancing with Dollar Bills
January 18, 2011 9:13 PM   Subscribe

YayTM: Rewarding Quality Dancing with Dollar Bills
My first big project for school, exploring the relationship between incentives and online publicity, the YayTM grabs the attention of passersby at predetermined times, and offers them a dollar to dance for it. If the subject dances well enough (determined by face tracking), the YayTM dispenses a dollar. In any case, video of the dance is uploaded to youtube and displayed on YayTM.com.
posted by zazerr (8 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This project was posted to MetaFilter by exogenous on January 20, 2011: I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money

Love it! Wish the dancing wasn't so sped up so we could really appreciate it, though. I do wonder how many people in a non-exhibition setting would participate - these kind of projects always seem to drag out the inhibitions in me!
posted by ianhattwick at 9:51 PM on January 18, 2011

That's a fun little project.... nice!
posted by ph00dz at 4:21 AM on January 19, 2011

This is fantastic. I especially like the name, for obvious reasons.
posted by yaymukund at 6:28 AM on January 19, 2011

Thanks! Yeah, the videos ended up being faster than intended. As for a non-exhibition setting, that's actually the way I originally conceived it, activating once a day in a lobby or somesuch, with no real explanation, more of a social experiment to see what people would do day to day (i.e. would there be regulars, would there be competition if it was more than a dollar).
posted by zazerr at 7:45 AM on January 19, 2011

It would be cooler if it were real time and people could vote on whether or not to reward.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:05 AM on January 19, 2011

I hate dancing, and yet I would dance for the YayTM.
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:57 PM on January 19, 2011

I actually thought YayTM was one of the more memorable installations at the Winter Show. Plus who doesn't love seeing Clay Shirky groove out?
posted by e1presidente at 12:58 PM on January 20, 2011

(The "uploading to Youtube without prior knowledge" mars what is otherwise a fun, quirky project, in my opinion. I don't mean to be overly negative when much of what you're doing here is pretty cool... but seriously. That's tremendously obnoxious and I would be incensed were I on the receiving end of this. I see the waiver tucked in at the end of your EULA, but that's not enough. If not being a dick is important to you, you need to tell the users right up front and in big font that you'll be posting the recordings online.)
posted by kprincehouse at 7:08 PM on January 20, 2011 [2 favorites]

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