5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – August 7

Here’s this week’s rundown of our favorite pieces of 5G news and stories about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G.

Race for Robotics – A Boston start up, Southie Autonomy, is changing the game when it comes to robot programing and training at the intersection of augmented reality and AI. Its software allows anyone – regardless of computer skill level – to program robots for their needs. The company was a winner in a 5G robotics challenge this year. Read more here and here.

Wireless VR All But Demands 5G – That’s the takeaway from a recent piece from Jeremy Horwitz for VentureBeat. Following Siggraph’s conference in LA he said, “next-generation wireless technologies are the missing link for the next evolution of VR, as current-generation wireless VR hardware falls short of the fluid immersion users would expect.” Read more here.

Future of Urban Travel – Market research firm IBISWorld put out a report on how 5G could drastically change transportation in smart cities. A quick summary shows 5G could: 1) increase the flow of traffic, 2) decrease gas needs and increase passengers for taxi and ride shares, 3) decrease commute times, and 4) increase the number of smart, driverless cars on the road. Read more here.

Four More Cities Getting 5G – Verizon announced that DC, Atlanta, Detroit, and Indianapolis joined its list of 5G cities. This year, Verizon has plans to announce 30 cities across the United States who will begin to experience 5G capabilities. Read more here.

Next Generation Jobs – Philip Sorrells, Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer of Telco Design Connect,examines how 5G will impact traditional jobs and also generate new employment opportunities in the future. He notes that with 5G, the “gig economy” will flourish and create more job opportunities across all industries. Read more here.