Rapid technological advancements are bringing the metaverse closer and closer to reality. We’re not quite there yet, but we’re starting to be able to imagine what it will be like and see what needs to be accomplished to get there. Manufacturers of AR and VR devices, like smart glasses, have a key role to play in advancing and shaping the metaverse of tomorrow. To meet their full growth potential in the critical period ahead, these devices are challenged to achieve a new level of video quality – without compromising on form factors and power consumption. Let’s look at why this is the case and how video stabilization has a key role to play in meeting the future video needs of your AR and VR glasses and headsets.
The potential of the metaverse for smart glasses
The metaverse represents a convergence of many different technologies – everything from sensors and edge computing to conventional computer screens and applications, like video conferencing apps. The metaverse at large is forecast to drive tremendous growth across all of this, reaching as high as 43% on average per year from 2020 to 2028.
But Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) smart glasses in specific are among the most important components, serving as the interface with the metaverse. These smart glasses are projected to grow at an average of 16.6% per year through 2027, a sizable chunk of total metaverse growth. Your competitors are doubtless trying to secure as large a share of this growth as they can. So how will you stand out from the pack and lead the way towards the metaverse of tomorrow?
Video stabilization as a differentiator and enabler for smart glasses
Excellent video capabilities can help differentiate your AR and VR devices from the competition by creating a more realistic, smoother and immersive metaverse experience. High inherent video quality also makes your ecosystem more attractive to app developers and other partners that rely heavily on video. These apps include everything from teleportation-esque video conferencing to AI-powered mapping and object tracking.
Without adequate video stabilization, VR devices in particular are prone to cause virtual reality sickness, inducing nausea in those viewing the video feed from the person wearing the smart glasses or headset.
Even if you’re more active in the AR space, video stabilization is still a fundamental prerequisite for high video quality, as any type of motion can cause shakiness. This can make the whole metaverse experience feel more disjointed and make it harder to enjoy (if for leisure) or to pick up on important information (if for industry use).
Smaller smart glasses leave no room for resource-hungry video stabilization
In an interview with the Verge, Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg talks about how the smart glasses of tomorrow will need to be more compact so that they look more like ordinary glasses and can be worn all over the place in day-to-day life in a comfortable and socially acceptable way. But this will pose challenges in terms of fitting all the processing power, battery power and other components needed to drive metaverse applications. In fact, Zuckerberg suggests that this may be one of the greatest challenges of the whole next decade for the tech industry.
If smart glasses are already pushing the limit in terms of power consumption, the last thing they need is to be reliant on anything that uses more power than necessary. If video stabilization is not properly optimized and tuned for a specific use case, it can be a bit power-hungry. The degree of power optimization and video stabilization may also vary for different end users of your smart glasses and could change over time.
A new generation of video stabilization for tomorrow’s smart glasses
To both adapt to the size and power constraints of the smart glasses of the future and deliver video quality fit for a true metaverse experience, you need video stabilization software that’s innovating and growing as quickly as your AR and VR smart glasses. This requires a new generation of video stabilization that’s more flexible, realistic and powerful while being tailored to the needs of tomorrow’s smart glasses.