target audience: TECH BUYER  Publication date: Jul 2022 - Document type: IDC Perspective - Doc  Document number: # EUR149495022

The Metaverse Tech Ecosystem: How and When Human Augmentation Technologies will Support the Metaverse


  • Kyla Lam
  • Andrea Minonne Loading
  • Tom Seal Loading
  • Diogo Santos


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This IDC Perspective discusses the role of human augmentation techs (including AR/VR, affective computing, smart peripherals, and brain-computer interfaces) as part of the metaverse technology ecosystem. It details when consumers and enterprises will embrace a metaverse paired with human augmentation techs and highlights the consumer and enterprise use cases that the metaverse can enable. It also provides insights into the industrial metaverse and the ways European manufacturers can benefit from it. Finally, the study also provides insights into what organizations need to do before embracing the metaverse.

"European companies are still years away from a full-scale adoption of the metaverse as infrastructure, skills, regulation, lack of education, and clarity of the benefits of the metaverse will hinder the transition," said Andrea Minonne, senior research analyst at IDC UK and lead of Human Augmentation Research in Europe. "Nonetheless, many companies are increasingly looking at use cases such as virtualized meetings, remote collaboration, or immersive trainings and are already taking the first steps toward the metaverse. These organizations will be the ones that innovate the fastest as they be able to build a solid infrastructure that will enable them to support the metaverse as well as next-gen use cases."

"The metaverse is a new kind of virtual world that helps us expand our imagination, enabled by efforts from both hardware and software stakeholders. It represents new kinds of opportunities, and so we ought to understand and open conversations around it," said Kyla Lam, research analyst at IDC UK.


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