5G is poised to spur innovation and improve the way you go about your everyday life. Put simply: We believe experiences with wireless technology will be more social, more mobile, more immersive — not to mention much faster. With 5G’s lightning-fast speeds, network capacity is virtually unlimited and latency is so low, it seems nonexistent.
Now lets see how the near future will look like when we do the most exciting past time here in Malaysia, shopping and socializing. Just as capabilities like live streaming transformed our mobile experiences on 4G, soon we can explore the way technologies such as AI and AR can combine with 5G to make the unimaginable the new reality.
The evolution of socialising
Today, when we’re looking for reviews of restaurants we turn on location settings and a search can reveal places nearby, listed by rating or distance from where we’re standing. And after choosing a restaurant, we might pull up a separate map app that gives us directions to the restaurant.
With 5G, this experience is simplified — by a lot. Hold up a 5G-powered phone to scan the surroundings. As nearby restaurants appear on the phone’s screen, the eateries’ cuisine information, ratings, customer reviews, and directions pop up in real time on screen, making it easier to satisfy our latest craving.
How is this happening? Essentially, the phone is capturing full resolution video of the environment and sending that information to the cloud. The higher the video resolution, the greater the accuracy — and the more bandwidth intensive. This is not an issue for 5G, as it’s able to support the bandwidth needed to make this possible.
The other component necessary to make this a seamless experience is low latency. As the networks roll out over time, 5G’s extremely low latency means the phone can display those pop-ups almost immediately. When the captured data arrives in the cloud, 5G-powered computer vision is used to differentiate recommended restaurants from other buildings. After the data is processed, it’s sent back to the device where the integrated AR capabilities overlay the digital call-outs over the environment.
Another user experience that 5G is designed to enable is multi-person shared story creation. Today, filming videos with the phone and sharing them is an autonomous task. If at an event with family and friends — say, a vacation or wedding — everyone would share their photos and videos on their own social media pages. There’s no real-time collaboration, where everyone can edit the same video or add filters on the same photo at the same time. If you wanted to see them all in one place, everyone would need to include a unique hashtag in their posts, and even then, the media wouldn’t be presented as a combined project.
With 5G, everyone can be brought together through collaborative storyboards. Multiple creators could share and edit their photos and videos at the same time, and in real time. Imagine going on a weekend trip and everyone will be able to edit and contribute their snaps and clips to a shared story.
This use case requires faster data speed, low latency, and high capacity, all of which 5G enables. Videos are bandwidth-intensive, but with 5G, sharing them is a cinch. Real-time editing can slow down the collaborative process, but because of 5G’s data speeds and capacity, there won’t be a lag when friends add filters, crop photos, or trim videos. AI can also play a role on the next collaborative project — the 5G device will be able to recognise a friend and family, and recommend splicing photos and videos of them together.
The evolution of shopping
When you’re on the hunt for a new couch, shopping for one can be an ordeal. Before purchasing it — online or in person — you need to decide on placement, measure the space you’d need it to fill, and imagine how it would look with your other furniture and decor.
5G connectivity can streamline the process. With your 5G smartphone, you won’t need to pull out your tape measure or guess if the couch you’re eyeing in the store matches your coffee table or the color of your rug. Simply download detailed specs from a retailer, and use your phone to view a 3D model of it where you’re imagining it. You’ll be able to see if the couch has found its new home.
How? Your 5G-powered smartphone camera would work with its on-device AI to measure the dimensions of your room to ensure the couch fits. 5G speeds are vital in order to download the furniture “assets” quickly. AR technology then provides the necessary glimpse of how the couch will look, superimposing the virtual object, complete with relevant specs, on your environment. As for whether you reach for the credit card, that’s on you.
(this article was first published on Qualcomm portal)