Collaboration and communication are the cornerstones of any successful business partnership. Particularly when that alliance involves the merge of advanced software with cutting-edge hardware, both parties need to be well aligned to streamline the integration process, ensure mutually beneficial end results, and provide end-users with meaningful, impactful solutions. Rokid, a developer of augmented reality (AR) devices, including smart glasses and headsets, has achieved all three objectives by teaming up with Imint to bring a new breed of AR headset to the construction industry.
Now six months into the relationship and with Imint’s video stabilization technology commercially deployed in AR headsets worn by construction workers, Rokid has experienced first-hand the value of a flexible, and collaborative technology partner like Imint.
So, what should hardware OEMs keep in mind when choosing a video stabilization software partner? Here are some key learnings & best practices from Rokid & Imint:
Understand that software is not one-size-fits-all
Certainly, Imint’s proven track record as a developer of video enhancement software for leading OEMs influenced Rokid’s decision to forge the strategic relationship. Imint’s exceptional level of customer service, communications capabilities, and willingness to tailor its software to meet the critical and unique requirements of Rokid’s customers, however, is what ultimately sealed the deal.
“All customers and applications are different and use cases for video stabilization technology are wide and diverse. Customization, therefore, is a pillar of our business strategy,” says Andreas Lifvendahl, Chief Executive Officer of Imint. We simply won’t sell a one-size-fits-all solution. With Rokid and other customers, we listen intently to their needs and adapt our technology accordingly to create powerful, compelling, feature-rich software solutions.”
Find a nimble team that meets tight timelines without sacrificing quality
For Rokid general manager Liang Guan, Imint delivered something that local software vendors under consideration did not. “What differentiated Imint, besides the quality of its video stabilization technology, is how they placed our needs above all else. The willingness of their software engineers to collaborate, communicate, and cater to our very detailed and specific requests helped this project come together in record time,” he says.
Despite the speedy turnaround, the integration was not a simple project. After the first iteration of Rokid’s smart construction AR headset was on the market, Rokid received numerous requests from customers for better video stabilization. Rokid knew a technology refresh was necessary, and Imint was eager to take on the challenge. In just four weeks, working models of new Vidhance-enabled smart construction headsets were complete and in the field.
“At Imint, we want to revolutionize the way video is captured, enhanced, shared, and utilized. This means keeping pace with advancements in AR and VR products, as well as the evolving demands and expectations of end-users,” continues Lifvendahl. “By reacting quickly to these changes through software modifications and refinements, we can provide innovative companies like Rokid solutions that are cutting-edge and future-proof.”
“Thanks to Imint’s very flexible business model, they were well equipped for the tight timeline,” adds Guan. “The integration of Imint’s Vidhance video stabilization software into our AR hardware was quicker and easier than any other third-party integrations we’ve done thus far. With the innovative technology and dedicated teamwork of both companies, the project was completed smoothly in just one month.”
Think about additional applications of video stabilization software
It didn’t take long for Imint’s video stabilization to enhance the performance of the smart construction headsets. As Rokid quickly experienced Imint’s open, seamless integration process, they began envisioning where to apply Imint’s technology elsewhere in its extensive line of products.
“Rokid’s AR products are used in a wide variety of industries in more than 70 countries and regions around the world, so it’s important that the developers we align with are willing and able to pivot quickly to customize their software for numerous and diverse applications. Imint has proven it can and will do this, which gives us the confidence to move forward and explore other types of video stabilization applications within our current and future product portfolio,” explains Guan.
Choose a partner with a shared mission to push industry boundaries
Of course, the future of AR is largely unchartered. Technological innovation continues to evolve and advance, customer needs and expectations change, and new markets emerge. That’s why it’s so important for partners to have a clear understanding of each other’s product and technology roadmaps.
“As we go forward with our AR initiatives, video enhancement software will always be a top consideration, especially within other applications like AR headsets that bring to life museum exhibits and demonstrations,” concluded Guan. “The widespread opportunities are exciting, and we look forward to furthering our partnership with Imint every step of the way.”
Read about the integration of Imint’s Vidhance software in Rokid’s X-Craft AR headset here. For more information on integrating video stabilization software into your hardware device, contact us here.
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