5G means more than just fast downloads to your phone
The Daily Charge
The hype around 5G is huge, but when we talk about it it's mostly a discussion around how fast 5G will make your phone.
But 5G could radically change other huge aspects of your life.
You drive, what it's like to go shopping even your visits to your doctor.
So as you were reporting the story, what were some of the most unexpected things that you found 5G could change going forward?
Yeah, I mean, it's funny.
You could basically pick any industry and there's potential for 5G to change it.
The biggest benefits that 5G has is the speed.
But I mean you can get speed from Wi-Fi and some things and so it seems like for a lot of the industries the kind of huge game changer is the latency.
So like if you're a robot in a factory you can't have any leg.
If you're building a car or doing remote surgery or something like that.
You can't have any sort of delays in the Internet connection from what it's telling you to do, to you actually carrying out that task.
So, that's why most things are wired right now and once you get to 5G, you can actually Actually disconnect you can have things wireless.
So a lot of companies are looking at doing this in their factories.
You know there's there's other things that aren't necessarily so dramatic that i think are just really interesting like like things that would let you live in your home longer if you're elderly or if you're sick.
So instead of being in the hospital you can, you know, constantly be monitored by machines.
You know, your doctor can stop in anytime you instead could stay at home and your doctor could, take your, I don't know there's like stroke.
Drug detection or ultrasounds or things like that they can instantly see the data as it's coming.
So then instead of you having to live in a hospital long term or a nursing home or whatever you can be in your home, or for people who are taking care of their parents, their elderly parents.
Being able to be connected.
And, some of those things, it may not be so earth shattering but it could really change our lives and like really make life better.
Some of these things, it could be farther out, 5g is gonna take a while to roll out.
So it seems like with 5g, when it first comes, it's going to be, besides the phone, it'll be Augmented reality sort of applications, gaming.
We've seen everybody talked about Cloud gaming services like Google, Microsoft, Apple even.
And this could let you play multiplayer games on your phone or a specialized gaming device With no lag and you know, is super responsive, so that's one of the really, some of the things we'll see.
What about a part of your daily life like your car?
Yeah, your car, you know, I think when people think of 5G, they think great.
This is gonna help with self driving cars.
That's not really gonna be the case.
5G is really short range especially the super super fast 5G.
So to get the kind of blanket coverage that you'd need to be able to rely on 5G g to drive your car is gonna take a very long time if ever.
But it's some of those things, for self-driving cars that could kind of supplement.
It could also just really change the infotainment sort of situation where you could be watching live TV from the backseat or, I've seen some demos where it could, have cameras and help you You detect if there is a pedestrian coming or another big thing is cars talking to other cars, so once like cars are connected, your car up kind of like waves but more advanced.
We'd know that hey, there is a car that's gonna be coming over in the blinds corner, whatever, I should slow down.
Or when if like traffic lights are connected, it could say, if you go 25 miles per hour, you're gonna hit every green lights.
Things like that to just kind of like speed up.
All this like promise we've heard of smart cities and Things like that could become more realistic, when 5G is rolled out.
But again, these are not gonna be next year-
Pencils down, it's gonna be a ways before we have green lights.
Honestly, I can see it, okay.