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09 July 2017

New ARKit app will give augmented reality dance lessons on your iPhone

Augmented reality could help you learn to be a better dancer.
Augmented reality could help you learn to be a better dancer.

Image: Shutterstock / edwardolive

While we’ve now had several weeks to get a feel for iOS 11, there’s still one big, unanswered question about the update: augmented reality.

Namely, whether or not the apps developers are building using Apple’s ARKit will live up to the hype. 

And while we’ve seen quite a few impressive demos already, being able to land a SpaceX rocket in your backyard or check out a Tesla Model 3 in your driveway is more of a novelty (albeit a cool one!) than anything approaching useful.

But creative developers are proving that Apple’s AR tech can actually be useful, too. The latest: two salsa-dancing programmers are putting Apple’s ARKit to a clever new use with augmented reality dance lessons. 

An upcoming ARKit-enabled app called Dance Reality, will help would-be dancers learn and practice dance steps at home.

You can see the app in action in the video below but essentially it shows the dancer or dancers (the app works solo or with a partner) where to put their feet while counting out the beat of different songs.

“When we were beginner dancers, it was difficult to remember the steps while staying on the beat. Using Augmented Reality [sic], we are making it easier for everyone to practice at home,” writes Andy Albani, one of the app’s two developers, on Product Hunt

Albani is quick to point out that the app isn’t meant to be a substitute for an actual teacher and that  keeping your eyes glued to a phone for an entire dance wouldn’t be good form, but he says their goal is to make Dance Reality a helpful practice tool.

ARKit apps won’t officially launch until the fall when Apple releases iOS 11 to the public, but the developers are already accepting beta testers for those who are testing the public or developer beta.

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