Asia’s tech giants plan 5G virtual revolution

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ZTE Corporation, China Telecom, Huawei and VisualCamp are among the players pushing for a 5G virtual revolution in Asia.

ZTE and China Telecom demoed a 5G 8K+VR (virtual reality) ultra-wide bandwidth experience at Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2019 this week.

The Chinese companies also arranged a 5G Tour that travelled 5km with continuous coverage of the 5G network onboard a dedicated bus.

On the tour, visitors enjoyed 5G-8K VR panoramic live streaming, 16-channel HD video live streaming, and 5G commercial smartphone video calls.

A screen on the bus showed the real-time 5G date rate that visitors can achieve, with a peak date rate of more than 1GBPS.

Empowered by the technologies of China Telecom and ZTE, the 5G-8K VR panorama live streaming combines 8K and VR technology.

The images and data captured by a 8K VR 360-degree camera are transmitted through a 5G network, allowing visitors to wear VR glasses and enjoy an immersive viewing experience.

Attendees of MWC Shanghai 2019 this week were treated to a global 5G immersion experience exhibition, featuring the Fourth Global VR Conference, and an augmented reality (AR)/VR expo.

Another Chinese tech company, Huawei, provided updates on its plans for 5G, including cloud VR and AR applications together with South Korea’s LG U+.

China is bracing itself for a big technology push based on 5G connectivity.

The first 5G licences were officially issued in China this month.

Huawei has worked with China’s three major operators on large-scale 5G commercial pilots in more than 40 cities, and those networks are all ready for commercial use.

VisualCamp was among the exhibitors at MWC Shanghai 2019, showcasing its ultra-small remote eye-tracking technology.

The South Korean company offers a VR and smartphone eye-tracking software development kit for small digital devices, enabling them to detect a user’s pupil for clicking and scrolling.

VisualCamp signed a contract in February with Shenzhen Zhangkong Media, a Chinese company, to develop and supply its remote eye-tracking module.

It said the technology has several potential uses, including in education, where instructors would be able to monitor students and the effectiveness of their programme.

In medicine, the technology could be used to treat learning and developmental disabilities such as dyslexia and autism, and pre-diagnose ophthalmologic diseases such as strabismus.

Image credit: ZTE Corporation