Since the advent of the mobile device, or cell phone, we have all been slowly becoming cyborgs. Some say it started way before the advent of the cell phone and maybe so. But one thing is for sure, these mobile devices — watches, glasses, ear pods, and other wearables — are just the tip of the iceberg. Something is coming in the near future that will forever transform our world. It’s not the latest product announcement, the next gen wearable, or even a driverless car, although those are pretty cool. The next major advancement in which technology will transform the world is 5G.
So just what is 5G? To put it simply, 5G is the 5th generation telecommunications network, the generation of mobile service developed after 4G. However, that’s only scratching the surface. 5G will enable us all to have internet when and where we want it because it will be super-efficient.
Not only will 5G have better throughput than 4G but it will also function at a much faster speed at a much lower consumption of power. That efficiency will mean not only greater life span for mobile phones but also for internet enabled wearables. Whereas now we have batteries that last a few hours there will come a day when batteries in wearables last for well over a day and probably longer in some cases. In fact, it’s been said that batteries in some devices could last decades. While you’re chewing on that, check out this next part.
5G will be ridiculously fast. In a blog this week, T-Mobile CTO said, “We’ve already demonstrated speeds up 12 Gbps with latency under 2 milliseconds, 8×8 MIMO and four simultaneous 4k video streams.” Folks that is incredibly fast. I for one am ready for super fast internet! The potential will be even more unlimited than it is now.
With super efficient, super fast technology like 5G, wearables should start to take on a whole new role in our lives. Large batteries will be a thing of the past and it’s a good thing too because these watches the tech giants keep coming out with are huge! One thing I’m sure of, after 5G arrives wearables will become mainstream overnight. So mainstream, in fact, that we will not be able to live without them. We will all be cyborgs.