A Google Glass prototype

Google Patents Google Glass App for Instant Dance Learning Software

Google has been exploring all avenues of making Google Glass a daily necessity for the user in its next version after halting its sales in January this year and a major move in the direction was obtaining a dance app that can help guide newcomers on how to dance to any tune online.

Google patent application for the feature shows not only how to dance but also trains the non-dancer to dance with rhythm, instead of going halli (village) with amateur leg movements.

Google has mentioned in its patent application that the feature in Google Glass module may identify the song and the dance, when it is being playing in a room or at a party and suggest the best results to the viewer with appropriate dance moves to fit the beat.

It uses similar dance search app Shazam for obtaining the best search results.’Shazam-like’ technology would recognise a tune and suggested dance moves on the heads-up display that a user could emulate or copy.

The patent application confirms that rumors about Google Glass 2nd Generation being in the pipeline are correct, despite critics ruling out its success. Google has stopped selling the first generation product in January 2015 but not working on its next generation product.


A patent rewarded to Google suggests its headset could teach wearers how dance to any kind of music. 'Shazam-like' technology would recognise a tune, and suggested dance moves would be shown on the heads up display that a user could copy (illustrated in this image from the patent)

The Google Patent says: “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.”

 A Google Glass prototype

A Google Glass prototype

Google Glass, as its chairman, Eric Schmidt, said recently is in its 2nd generation model that will be less expensive and have an improvised display and quality compared to the first generation model. “It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google,” asserted Schmidt.

Though the concept of a dance app is good, it may not give immediate impetus to party-goers to overcome their fears of wrong dancing. Firstly, those who dance do not care about the wrong steps as the key of joy is to enjoy pelvic movement in rhythm than in perfection.

Secondly, wearing the Google Glass, watching the video and then performing on the floor is more like playing a key-board on the stage with an automated song and making lip movements to cheat the audience that you are singing.

Something that is not natural is not going to attract attention of the user. That’s where the Google patent may not be a hit but remain an add-on along with many such apps to choose. Otherwise, it may serve as a dance teacher but who’d like it?

Those who are keen to learn dancing will any day prefer watching a video on TV or computer and learn the steps, feeling free from wearing glasses. The fear of glasses falling on the ground would impede the next move and freedom in dancing naturally.

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