5G and Cloud: The Future of Augmented Reality?

Telecom Tech Outlook | Friday, October 23, 2020

Emerging AR applications will depend heavily on 5G and cloud.

FREMONT, CA: Augmented reality technology is used in various industries, including commercial, gaming, retail, and e-commerce, whose key players are Apple, Sony, Microsoft, Google, and Samsung Electronics. The spark of every new cellular technology potentially gives birth to many mobile solutions that one would never imagine. In the coming years, it is difficult to predict how this cellular technology will impact the world but for a better cause. While the revolution caused by augmented reality (AR) is in the early phase, there are many mobile applications built with AR content whose efficiency relies on the speed of the network to which smartphones or tablets are connected.

Eventually, the arrival of 5G highly benefits the augmented reality space unlocking numerous potential for AR technology:

• Enhanced mobile broadband to support higher bandwidth while fixing bandwidth issues.
• One hundred times faster network speed than 4G.
• Support for applications with ultra-low latency requirements for best AR experience.

With the aforementioned benefits, users gain a fantastic experience that, in turn, creates more opportunities in telemedicine, retail, construction, manufacturing, and more. The onset of 5G will make AR a reality for the world, contributing to the fact that to empower AR, it is necessary to adopt 5G. It disrupts the weak scenario where a user encounters a ruining connection.

On the other hand, using cloud-enabled AR applications perform well owing to the truth that if a network is fast enough, then data can be moved to the cloud site provided high computational power and that is one of the main factors for the mass adoption of AR technology. The cloud allows the scattered data across its platform to communicate and render the information needed on the mobile display. Employing cloud in AR technology offers capabilities beyond conventional gaming and novelty apps, and will be the root cause for changing how to organize information. The cloud serves as a 3D copy of the object where any information can be found by itself.

The maturity of AR applications is improving day by day with the increase in the speed of network and cloud potential. These improvements can infuse AR applications in all industries on which we rely on for our day to day activities, be it in the field of healthcare, education, engineering, architecture, and so on.