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.