Drones Doctors and Disney Praise Verizon 5G at CES 2019

first_img If you’ve used a mobile device in the past decade you put together what 5G is and why you should be excited for it. If 4G was a faster, more stable cellular mobile connection compared to 3G, then 5G is even faster and even more stable than that. But what does that mean in practical terms? As carriers still figure out the technical requirements needed to make 5G rollout a real thing, a thing that probably won’t really happen for years, users are left wondering what the network will really do for them aside from just making the internet faster.Throughout 2018 and even before that ideas potential new uses for 5G popped up here and there. China wants 5G coverage on the world’s largest sea bridge. Meanwhile, the US government has toyed with the idea of a federalized 5G network. What’s telling is that both of those are massive infrastructure projects. And at CES 2019, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg showed off more examples of why we might need to broaden our scope of what will eventually make 5G so powerful.In 2017 we talked about a smart bandage that uses 5G to quickly connect patients with doctors, providing vital real-time information about the state of a wound. This is just one of many potential collaborations between 5G and medicine. At Verizon’s CES presentation Medivis CEO Chris Morley described doctors enhancing surgical practices by seeing inside patients’ bodies using the life-saving low latency of 5G mixed reality.This was maybe the most Utopian potential application of the tech. The New York Times is also exploring 5G tools but it’s too early to know what those plans are and how helpful they’ll be to journalism as a whole. However, 5G’s other big touted uses at this keynote, whether we like it or not, both consolidate power around companies and technology already poised to dominate the future.Disney CTO Jamie Voris described how 5G could just make the basic act of transferring huge movie files faster and more convenient than, say, loading hard drives on a truck. A company about to launch a terrifying streaming service would also have a lot to gain from an improved global wireless network. But strangest of all, it sounded like the studio was exploring 5G-powered “live volumetric performance capture” and streaming “animated characters to cinemas.” So like a big-budget version of when Charles Martinet warms up a crowd as Mario?5G could also push us further towards a world in which the skies are blanketed by (non)-killer flying robots. Mariah Scott of Skyward, a Verizon-owned industrial drone company, talked about how a 5G hive mind could allow more drones to coordinate with each other more efficiently. They could deliver massive amounts of packages and survey natural disasters. Anyone with a stake in drones we bet is also hoping 5G could help them nimbly dodge gunshots from our more paranoid citizens.These 5G examples are still very much hypothetical future concepts, like a lot of stuff at CES to be honest. The most exciting hard number we heard is the 690 Mbps speed for 5G home internet tests happening now in a handful of cities, reminding us that along with everything else 5G will also just be a faster mobile way to get connected… whenever it actually becomes a real thing. 2019 Tech Trends Worth Getting Hyped AboutYou Can Finally Buy A Terabyte SD Card Thanks to Lexar Stay on targetlast_img

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