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5G VR and Augmented Reality is On The Way

 5G is the Next Generation Mobile Network

VR and Augmented Reality are likely the next step in mobile devices.  5G (5th Generation Mobile Network) definitely is comming. And it is anticipated that 5G VR and Augmented Reality will be big things within a few years.

Virtual Reality has been threatening to break through since I first saw it covered on a 80’s episode of Tomorrows World. So folk can be forgiven for thinking this is just marketing woo. But the signs are that 5G will change it.

4G brought us much faster connections for smart phones and the demand has consequently shot up for video streaming.  That was a primary goal of the 4G network team. These folk also designed 3G released back in 1999. Each iteration resulted in changed patterns of mobile phone usage and design, exactly as expected.

The technological possibilitiers are largely defined by the network designers.

There is no doubt that 4G is a success story and it has helped Mobile rival or overtake desktop internet usage. Video streaming is a big part of that, so its not surprising that mobiles today have gotten substantially bigger in screen area in concert with much faster networks.

But the techno-beasts who brought us 4G were not content to sit back and hold there. They have devised a raft of improvements for the next mobile network generation. To support the next innovations they have redesigned 4G and are taking it to another level. This is driven by close cooperation with device and app designers to meet future demand for content.

Redesigns dont happen that often, the last one was back in 2008. The 5th Generation of Mobile Networks will soon be with us.

Greater Speeds and Data Allowances Are One Part of It

The changes are going to include a mammoth increase in speed. They promise us 10’s of Megabits per second in rural areas, and 100 Megabits per second in urban areas, and better network coverage. Within local networks, 1 Gigabit per second with many simultaneous connections will be supported. It will achieve this with many clever tweaks of the technology.

This includes higher ‘spectral efficiency’, which is how much information that can be sent on a given bandwidth. This increases battery life and should lower data costs. It also includes changes to make connections more reliable.

For those curious to know more, the 5G UK website and Wikipedia page covers it well.

One goal is to allow more users in a given area to get superfast data transmission rates. 5G is a very smart package because it also looks at lowering the wastage in the networks and allowing more machine-to-machine communication at local areas. This means it will boost battery life, and increase the number of simultaneous connections that can be made. Many hundreds of thousands of simultaneous connections can be supported between machines at some level.

5G Means More than Better Network Coverage and Video Streaming

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If 4g brought us more video usage, it was somewhat hampered by patchy coverage and data restrictions. 5G seeks to increase the data capacity and transmission speed, whilst minimising power consumption, and allow more device-to-device networking.

And this is aimed to bring in a  new raft of technologies, such as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.

New Devices and Internet Features

If you recall, Pokemon Go was billed as augmented reality, but the augmented reality part of the game was too patchy and slow, so it was not used. This represented the technical limits of 4G, and why 5G will likely cause an explosion of augmented reality apps, and with them more devices tailored to use it.

5G will go beyond smart phones. This may lead on to mainstream VR/AR headsets and other smart devices, if 4g’s effects on mobile phone design is any guide.  Smart phones will benefit from exciting, richer apps and services catered for them.

3D content and video is just one possibility that is anticipated. As part of the trend to faster data transmission, video quality has been improving with higher resolution and other enrichiching features. Smart viewing devices are rapidly made to take advantage of this.  Very high screen resolution and video quality is cheaper to achieve on a small screen than a big screen TV. So there is no lag in the capability of smart phones and VR headsets.

The potential is phenomenal, and major smart phone manufacturers are preparing for it. When will we see the first roll out of 5G? It’s slated to arrive around 2020, and we are genuinely excited.


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