5G and Translation Glasses for Tokyo 2020

News Article - Thursday, 03 October 2013 11:17

By: Kerry Butters Category: Connectivity

A 5G network which is 100 times faster than LTE and glasses that make instant translations were just two of the innovations unveiled at this week's CEATEC 2013 IT and electronics show in Tokyo, with the promise that both will be available for the 2020 Olympic games to be held in Tokyo.


NTT Docomo will be launching both products and it's thought that the company is currently hoping to create an even faster 5G network, although for the time being it has only conducted tests up to 10Gps, which took place back in March.


The Japanese network showed off a small chart to illustrate what they are doing on the 5G project and it's reported that the BBC were shown a working prototype of the firms answer to Google Glass. The NTT's augmented reality glasses take around 5 seconds to perform a text-based translation "on the fly”.


It's thought that the glasses will improve on this by the time it comes to the official launch. According to The Register , tourists visiting Japan are likely to find the glasses useful when the Games come, although it points out that the "algorithms will have to be spot on for the glasses to be useful”.


It's thought that the glasses will also have the ability to "interact with a flat surface as if it was a touchscreen” and that they can be worn with a special ring which records and relays hand movements.


Another possible feature that the glasses may have is the ability to bring up the personal details of somebody who is within the wearers line of vision.


"Character recognition technology enables instant language translation for users travelling abroad and reading restaurant menus and other documents," NTT said in a statement .


With regard to the proposed 5G network, NTT are hoping to tap into the higher frequencies and are not the first to consider doing so. It seems that Haewai also intend to boost its network to enable superfast connections.

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