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10 Ways 5G Will Change Your Life

I grew up watching The Jetsons reruns. Flying cars, auto-prepared meals and a distinct lack of walking were the way of the future.

While we're still years away from some of these tech fantasies being made realities, we are closer than ever to many of these lifestyle wonders becoming fixtures in our lives that we don't even think twice about. We're officially (almost) living in the future. (See Ready or Not, Here Comes 5G.)

The next phase of wireless mobile standards has been frequently idealized as of late. The telecom industry is already prepping for the next big thing, and consumers are eagerly awaiting whatever that may bring. Outgoing Director General of GSMA Anne Bouverot has said, "By 2020 we will know what it is. We will have defined it," with it being, of course, the emergence of 5G. (See 5G Use Cases, Pre-Standards Groups Proliferate and NGMN Chairman Outlines His 5G Vision.)


For more on 5G, visit the dedicated 5G section here on Light Reading, and register to attend the upcoming "Building America's 5G Ecosystem" event in NYC.


Despite the cloud surrounding the inception of 5G, it will undoubtedly usher in a whole slew of technologies that aren't currently possible. Whether that means lightning-fast download speeds or having conversations with holograms is still up for debate, but here at Light Reading, we aim for the stars. (See 5G Visions Dazzle at MWC.)

Click the picture below to enter the world of 5G. A world where everything we own is connected. A world where cars fly, dogs talk and we are all traceable by our implanted health monitors. Enter at your own risk!

Flying Cars
Flying cars are one of those inventions that seem really futuristic, but they might not actually be so far off. There have been plenty of failed attempts at flying cars, starting in the early 1900s. AeroMobil hasn't lost hope though, and anticipates releasing its first flying car in 2017. Though this may not be a mainstream endeavor quite yet, we're on our way to a reinvention of the car as we know it. Connecting cars with 5G might be the first step.
[Source: Wikipedia]
Flying cars are one of those inventions that seem really futuristic, but they might not actually be so far off. There have been plenty of failed attempts at flying cars, starting in the early 1900s. AeroMobil hasn't lost hope though, and anticipates releasing its first flying car in 2017. Though this may not be a mainstream endeavor quite yet, we're on our way to a reinvention of the car as we know it. Connecting cars with 5G might be the first step.
[Source: Wikipedia]

— Eryn Leavens, Copy Desk Editor, Light Reading

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MikeP688 4/16/2015 | 5:02:25 PM
Re: smart continent - beyond smart cities Susan,

Thanks for the thoughts.

An FYI on China to get a sense of some of the thinking...although a bit "dated", but it provides some insights on the thinking currently in  China:

http://www.dorsey.com/eu_cleantech_china_smart_cities/

 

http://www.dorsey.com/eu_cleantech_china_smart_cities/
Susan Fourtané 4/14/2015 | 2:27:15 PM
Re: smart continent - beyond smart cities Mike, what plans are those? Smart city projects are expanding quickly. Cisco, for example, is involved in several of those projects in Europe. Together with smart cars and smart homes it's all part of the smart living project. -Susan
MikeP688 4/14/2015 | 1:36:57 PM
Re: smart continent - beyond smart cities China is also quite on the Prowl..as is India especially with the plans the Indian Prime Minister has in mind.    I am also seeing elements of the Smart City Idea in my local City. I was fascinated when I, for instance, saw a voice-driven cross walk sign being done as the intersection was clearly pointed out.   
nasimson 4/13/2015 | 12:15:50 AM
Re: smart continent - beyond smart cities @Susan:

Good to see Susan that you also share these views. What would Europe as a smart continent look like? Both for Europeans and also to outsiders visiting Europe for tourism or business?
Susan Fourtané 4/9/2015 | 1:30:16 AM
Re: smart continent - beyond smart cities nasimson, 

"I look forward to see smart cities, smart counties and then finally Europe as a smart continent."

That's the way Europe is going. There are quite many ongoing smart city projects in Europe, and others that are already being tested, or even have finished the test period and are just successfully working. 

-Susan
brooks7 4/8/2015 | 10:22:43 AM
Re: smart continent - beyond smart cities Well I think that 2 of these future ideas....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerocar (uh 1949 and it got actually approved in 1956)

and 

I am aware of connected medical devices for example (friends of mine work here)

http://www.dexcom.com/dexcom-cgm-with-share

5G is not the issue.  It is how to build probes that can have a battery that is so small and lasts a long time.

seven

 
nasimson 4/8/2015 | 9:42:45 AM
smart continent - beyond smart cities >  Cities like Bristol are working to create future metropolises, where all
> services -- emergency vehicles, traffic and energy among them -- are connected.

Bristol feature story at Wired is really exciting. The ambitious plans with an ambitious timeline of just two years is really going to set a role model for other cities to follow.  I look forward to see smart cities, smart counties and then finally Europe as a smart continent.
Susan Fourtané 4/8/2015 | 6:03:58 AM
Re: Not fiction anymore Eryn, Well, I never considered flying cars as ridiculous. :) 2017 is going to be quite exciting to see what really happens with these flying cars and if we were able to spot one by then. -Susan
Susan Fourtané 4/8/2015 | 5:56:43 AM
Re: Health monitoring Eryn, Yes, I would definitely get a health monitor, too. :) Health monitors definitely would lower healthcare bills. Just think about it, if you stay healthy, or if you get medical attention right after the first sign of something has been detected, well, it could even save lives. Alerting about stress levels is just a minimal thing a health monitor could do. What would really help would be a monitor able to immediately release a solution before a an organ or system is affected. It could release something to block what stress activates. I can notice when stress has been activated, what I can't do even trying is stopping it from affecting me. :( Stress is knows to be a silent killer for a reason. So, I'd love to see those health monitors becoming an affordable reality. -Susan
nasimson 4/7/2015 | 11:56:23 PM
Whats the connection? > Connecting cars with 5G might be the first step.

Of all enabling technologies that a flying car needs, 5G is the least needed one. Because maps, navigation, IoT connectedness, on-road-network is very well possible within 4G ambit.

Or am I missing something here?
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