Can you do the Rhumba? Salsa? Can you tell the difference? Can you dance at all?
Google patented a technology last week that would allow head mounted wearables, such as Google Glass, help you: it will listen to the music and suggest matching dance style/steps.
In a way, it mixes and builds on technology available already to identify music — Shazam, Siri and SoundHound — and prompt dance moves — Dance Dance Revolution.
Here’s how it is intended to work: “The content identification module may provide information associated with a content of the media sample, such as identification of the song and the dance, to the wearable computing system. The wearable computing system may determine dance steps corresponding to the content of the media sample and may generate a display of the dance steps on the HMD (head mounted display),” according to the patent.
In plain English, Google Glass will listen to the music playing, and/or watch other dancers on the floor, search the internet and serve up matching dancing moves.
Google has not explained if the technology will be backed by a database of dance moves, who will put it together, where will it be stored, or whether it will randomly search the net for answers.
Google Glass, as reported before, is “graduating”, moving from Google X labs, as the company said in January, “from concept to reality.”
Google Glass started as a scuba mask attached to a laptop, and went through its development stages, publicly and proudly perched on co-founder Sergey Brin’s nose. It’s now getting ready to help people dance.