This Exoskeleton-Controlled Robot Proves the Power of a 5G Data Connection
5G data speeds are coming and if you aren't excited about it, just wait until you see this demonstration of the technology's power from the recent Barcelona Mobile World Congress. To prove how insanely quick 5G is going to be, South Korea's SK Telecom has developed an exoskeleton, which allows its wearer to remotely control a robot in real-time.
With data speeds around 100 times faster than the currently-deployed 4G technology, 5G may seem like an unnecessary development right now, but when you consider that it could allow you to have a robotic dancing buddy, it all of a sudden seems as though 5G can't come quick enough. SK Telecom hope to have 5G rolled out across their territory in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics, but for many others who have only just received 4G, wirelessly controlling a robot with an exoskeleton will remain distant dream for quite some time.
While the demonstrator is standing next to her robotic charge in the video, SK Telecom's exoskeleton-controlled robot can utilize 5G technology to allow a real-time connection over huge distances. While it may seem like a fun play thing in the demo, such technology could potentially have a life-saving impact in the future. 5G is so powerful that a much larger robot could theoretically be controlled in a similar manner, allowing it to carry out dangerous jobs such as disposing of explosives.