5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – September 16

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. Reimaging Virtual Work Days – Today, “working virtually” is synonymous with “working remotely” or “telework.” But with 5G and XR – which is the combination of extended, augmented, virtual, and mixed realities – we may actually work virtually. Imagine yourself as an avatar in a conference room or touring a facility on the other side of the world. Quartz explores seven ways 5G and XR will change work. Read more here. University Use Place – The conversation surrounding 5G includes a lot of use cases. Just think about some of the videos on this site, which show how 5G will change education, agriculture, and more. Here’s a new term: use place. In a piece for… Read More

Join Faces of 5G in the Windy City

Faces of 5G will be in Chicago on September 25 with local innovators for a conversation around the possibilities of 5G and how it could change the way we live and work. More details are below.  Click here to join us. —– 5G in the Windy City “Fifth generation” wireless technology – or 5G – is poised to power a new age of innovation that will connect us in ways never imagined. Chicago, as one of the first test beds for 5G, is set to experience faster speeds, improved responsiveness, and greater network capacity. 5G will help enable solutions that are more efficient, more enhanced, and more inclusive, and we’re here to tell you what it means for Chicago. Join Faces of 5G and other local innovators for conversation around the possibilities of 5G and how it could change the way we live and work. When: Wednesday, September 25 from… Read More

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – September 6

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. Drive Smart – Are there ever times when you wish your car could communicate with others on the road to make your commute smoother? Technology that will make that happen is on its way. It’s called C-V2X, and it will run on 5G networks. According a new piece from CNET, cars with it will “be able to negotiate taking turns at stop signs or merging into lanes, the digital equivalent of human drivers making eye contact.” Read more here. 5G Moo-ving In – 180 cows in England have been fitted with 5G-connected collars. This technology aims to boost productivity by allowing farmers to watch herds remotely – making it easy to track and evaluate each… Read More

Faces of 5G: Alex Lee on 5G and IIoT

We’re taking a week off from 5G in 5 and trying something new. In addition to videos, we’ll be rolling out a series of blog posts to spotlight innovators and entrepreneurs and their visions for the future regarding how 5G will impact various industries. For the inaugural post of the series, meet Alex Lee.  He works at a venture capital fund in San Francisco and recently talked to us about how 5G will enhance the industrial sector. Check out a new piece he did covering market trends that will drive early 5G adoption across the  Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) sector.  In this blog, Alex discusses why the industrial sector is ready to use 5G, certain use cases for 5G in IIoT, and what consumers can expect. Here’s an excerpt from Alex: Factories are already creating value using IoT technology on the existing 4G LTE network. When factories can tap… Read More

Bridging the Divide: Shaping Communities through Education

Unfortunately, not every child gets access to the education and tools they need to be prepared for the future. But at Big Shoulders Fund, they are working to change that. Big Shoulders Fund is a Chicago-based charitable organization that is focused on supporting inner-city schools by promoting innovation through a variety of programs and offering after school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) opportunities. 80% of students in the program come from minority families and almost 70% are living in poverty. Their programs fund technology centers – like the one featured in a new video from Faces of 5G – that allow students to explore areas like coding. These experiences not only lead to new skills but also open students eyes to new career paths that are important in our increasingly digital world. With access to 5G networks and enabled technology, groups like Big Shoulders Fund can continue to innovate… Read More

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – August 23

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. Seeing Through Smoke – “5G could mean the difference between night and day for firefighters,” according to a new piece from CNET. A rundown of first responder tech starts with C-Thru, which is an augmented reality helmet from Qwake that helps firefighters see through smoke and more easily locate people inside burning buildings. Read more here. Just Off the Starting Block – Building on the 5G race metaphor, PwC says we’re “just off the starting block” with 5G. In a new video that keeps popping up in our feed this week, Marques Brownlee explains what 5G is like today and why he’s excited for the future with 5G. Read/watch more here and here. Huge Potential… Read More

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – August 15

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. Fast Forward to 2025 – Digital Trends asked futurists and tech entrepreneurs to predict how 5G will transform our lives and the world around us by 2025. From automotive to healthcare, and cities to homes, their answers covered a lot of ground, but they all agreed: 5G will be a catalyst for dramatic change. Read more here. 5G Firsthand – Samantha Murphy Kelly, a CNN Business Correspondent, put early 5G deployments to the test. While in Chicago, IL she experienced firsthand what 1 gigabit per second speed is like. Recognizing there’s more work to be done before 5G really delivers on its promises, she says, “eventually, we will look back on this time trying to… Read More

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… Read More

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – July 31

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. 5G Firing Up – 5G is rolling out, but many are wondering when we’ll see the full strength of the new networks’ potential. Verizon was first to launch, and now others are coming online. Though 5G’s availability is currently limited, it is expected to be worldwide by 2020. Read more here. Buzzing Into the Billions – There are new numbers in on just how many people will be signing up for 5G. According to a new IHS report, subscribers are expected to reach 1.1 billion by 2023 in the Asia-Pacific and North America regions. That is triple the number of customers who signed up for 4G in the first 5 years after it launched. By… Read More

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – July 23

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. Future of Farming – Meet Mike Ritter. He’s the CEO of SlantRange, a San Diego, CA-based company that’s enabling more efficient, automated farming. He’s also the latest Face of 5G. He says, “Wireless connectivity is a critical enabling piece of everything we do… The ability to either communicate or move data from the field to where a decision needs to be made is going to be hugely enabled by higher speed connectivity, particularly 5G.” Read more here. Next-Generation Healthcare Delivery – Together, 5G networks and telehealth programs have the potential to transform healthcare. Cisco’s Ron Malenfant says, “By leveraging 5G mobile edge compute, hospitals and doctors can have on-hand access to patient’s high-quality imaging for… Read More

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