OK, Glass, teach me how to dance: Google’s curious patent move

Can technology help solve the age-old problem of having two left feet?

Maybe the Google Glass bone is connected to the dance bone — Google has been awarded a patent for a system that would display dance moves that correspond to whatever music is playing.

The description of the system is as awkward as Pee-wee Herman’s moves:

1. A method comprising: receiving, from a microphone coupled to a computing device, an audio sample; receiving, by a camera coupled to the computing device, a video sample of one or more dancers performing a dance gesture associated with a dance; providing the audio sample and the video sample to a content identification module for determination of: (i) information associated with the audio sample and (ii) information associated with the dance gesture in a content of the video sample; receiving, from the content identification module, the information associated with the audio sample and the information associated with the dance gesture; determining one or more predetermined dance steps corresponding to the information associated with the audio sample and the information associated with the dance gesture; and generating a display of the one or more predetermined dance steps.

But wait, there’s more!

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the computing device includes a wearable computing device.

3. The method of claim 2, further comprising causing a head-mounted display (HMD) coupled to the wearable computing device to display the one or more predetermined dance steps.

There’s no evidence that all this will be incorporated into the next iteration of Google Glass. (It’s not dead, Eric Schmidt says.) But that doesn’t keep me from picturing someone wearing Google Glass connected to another contraption — a head-mounted display — looking at suggested dance moves while trying to keep in step. If that doesn’t scream sexy, I don’t know what does.

But lest I be labeled a luddite, I say: You go with your Google Glass bad self. Let the rhythm move you. Rock on.

(Hat tip: Quartz)

 

Above: An image from the patent filing. (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)

 

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