The lightning quick “next generation” wireless technology is expected to power smart cities and networked robots.
Ericsson has joined up with researchers from King’s College London to dream up futuristic applications for 5G. The team is focused on using the technology to transfer physical skills across networks, creating something they call the “Internet of Skills.”
One example: A surgeon with virtual reality equipment and haptic gloves, which sense motion and pressure, could operate on a patient on the other side of the world via a robot.
Remote surgery has been possible for a while, but 5G speeds should eliminate all delays and lag. That means the surgeon could get instant feedback via the gloves.
Dohler, who moonlights as a composer and pianist, also plans to digitize his piano skills and teach people remotely to master the instrument. Haptic gloves can be used to track and record the movement of Dohler’s fingers, and the position of his hands. The data would be stored on the skills database, ready to be downloaded by an aspiring pianist.
But he said it might take another decade for this “Internet of Skills” to be fully functional. “We need to get security rights and the best practice of this technology right, because the moment you start moving things on the other side of the planet, you can do a lot of harm,” he said.