Iain Morris 9/21/2018 2 comments
A small girl wearing a soccer T-shirt climbs on stage. Standing next to her, football tucked under one arm, is Steph Houghton, captain of Manchester City and the England women's national team. Iris, the star-struck child, asks for a display of kick-ups, and Houghton duly obliges. This would be like any heart-warming encounter between a girl and her sports hero, except that Houghton is not really there. She is nearly 200 miles away, at a studio in Manchester. The person Iris can see and talk to is actually a holographic image, beamed onto the stage by Vodafone over a 5G connection.