Augmented reality is still unfamiliar to most people. , and many would argue they need each other to thrive. That means we all need to quickly learn a lot about two technologies that are supposed to be the next big thing. Now what?
“The nice thing about 5G is that it’s fast and it’s low latency,” says Paul Travers, CEO of AR technology company Vuzix. The high latency and relatively low bandwidth of today’s cellular connections would render cloud-based AR a disconnected experience compared to the frame-accurate responsiveness Vuzix expects to get from 5G as it moves AR’s core to the cloud. “Especially if you’re using edge compute, that means the cloud has to respond with sub-frame times” that don’t delay the augmentation by even a single video frame’s time.
Standalone 5G AR glasses may come as soon as the next year or two. Shrinking all the electronics down to fit within a pair of glasses will take longer than that, but Travers thinks an imminent middle ground will be glasses tethered to a small wearable belt pack with a 5G connection and an all-day battery. It’s not the end game in a march toward lightweight cloud-based AR, but it’s a key step in demonstrating how 5G can boost AR to a new level.
AR glasses still endure the skepticism left by the. But Travers thinks the Glass’s short and rocky history was a benefit to AR in general. “I know they get a lot of egg on their face but, heck, man, the only way you get there is to get started and move the ball forward.”
Paul Travers has been an AR innovator for a long time and had plenty of other insights about AR that he shared with Brian Cooley in the video above.
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