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Superfast 5G on the slow road at gadget gala

2020-01-06 17:05:20 BdST

2020-08-10 05:45:29 BdST

Published: 2020-01-06 17:05:20 BdST

IT Live: It will be revolutionary when superfast 5G mobile networks come to our gadgets, cars and digital lives. But the road to 5G remains agonizingly slow at the massive Consumer Electronics Show opening this week in Las Vegas, where ultrafast products are expected to be few and far between.

Backers of 5G tout a cornucopia of potential applications, but networks are still nascent, as are the devices capable of accessing them. “5G networks are still in their infancy around the world,” said Steven Koenig, vice president of market research at the Consumer Technology Association, which organizes the show.

Since smartphones are on the front line when it comes to mobile data networks, consumer electronics firms competing in that market are taking their time rolling out the devices. “The smartphone will still be a prime-time device for 5G,” said Accenture
global communications industry analyst Jefferson Wang.

With 5G, backers say, self-driving vehicles will think and react faster than human drivers, with the added benefit of knowing what cars or trucks around them have in mind. People will interact with insightful holograms. Jewelry will track a wearer’s health.

5G could help usher in the long-promised era of “ambient computing,” in which machine smarts are ever waiting to be beckoned, perhaps with a word or a gesture, or even anticipate desires. City streets, buildings, traffic signals and even parking meters could be made smart, communicating with vehicles that collaborate with each other for efficiency.

South Korean startup Linkflow will demonstrate a “camera collar” that lets wearers film outings in 360-degree panoramic video or even broadcast live using 5G networks. “There are going to be devices that are going to lead to a post-smartphone
world,” Wang said.


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