Holograms. Emotive, life-like digital human beings. Washing machine repairs directed from miles away.
The rollout of 5G wireless networks that will continue throughout 2019 and beyond promises a slew of new smartphones that will hum along much faster than the models they'll eventually replace. But while zippier handsets compatible with the next generation of wireless are surely welcome, 5G's potential extends beyond them.
Verizon, and some of the entrepreneurial startups it is working with, recently demonstrated a few of the fresh consumer and business experiences made possible or enhanced by 5G, at its 5G Lab in New York City, one of five such labs around the country.
5G works in tandem with other technologies, notably artificial intelligence, augmented reality and enhanced computer vision, which as the name suggests, is the machine's ability to make sense of what it sees.
Evercoast is a computer vision and 3D sensing software company that can exploit 5G to turn people in real-time into holograms.
The goal is to shift the way people communicate from 2D to 3D. Along the way, you may experience new products, play games, and even interact with each other differently.
Holographic telepresence promises to enable fresh shopping experiences, and impact corporate training, telemedicine and more.
At the Verizon lab, Evercoast set up a "volumetric" rig with two-dozen off-the-shelf depth-sensing cameras. The company's software rendered the 3D hologram more or less in real-time.