Glasgow University aims to be UK’s second ‘5G technology demonstrator’



5G is a bit complex for me, so, here’s an excerpt from the Future Scot report yesterday:

5G is expected to deliver reliable, ultra-fast mobile connectivity with the ability to process huge amounts of data and support complex applications, such as communication between autonomous vehicles, 3D virtual reality on phones, robotics, and remote surgery. “These applications require ultra-low latency to work,” said Muhammad Imran, professor of communications systems in the university’s School of Engineering, “reducing as far as possible the time it takes for a packet of data to travel between devices. But they will also raise our aspirations about the technology’s  possibilities,  such as in the ‘Internet of Skills’. For example, a surgeon operating remotely would receive haptic tactile [see below] feedback – the sensation of vibration, pressure, touch and texture – in real-time.’

It’s estimated that 5G technology could be worth £173 billion for the UK economy by 2030.

The 5G lab will be part of the University’s planned £1 billion campus extension

Explanation of haptic tactile:

Tactile Feedback is a type of Haptic Feedback. Haptic feedback is generally divided into two different classes: Tacticle and Kinesthetic. The difference between the two is quite complex, but at a high level:

Kinesthetic: The things you feel from sensors in your muscles, joints, tendons. Weight, stretch, joint angles of your arm, hand, wrist, fingers, etc. Imagine holding a coffee-mug  in your hand. Kinesthetic feedback tells your brain the approximate size of the mug, it’s weight, and how you are holding it relative to your body.

Tactile: The things you feel in your ‘fingers’ etc., or on the surface. The tissue (for example in your fingers), has a number of different sensors embedded in the skin and right underneath it. They allow your brain to feel things such as vibration, pressure, touch, texture etc.

Haptic Feedback is a combination of both Tactile and Kinesthetic Feedback.


13 thoughts on “Glasgow University aims to be UK’s second ‘5G technology demonstrator’

  1. Clydebuilt October 2, 2017 / 12:02 pm

    Haptic feedback is a modified Gaussian loop data manipulation. That’s what Startrek’s transporter was thought to be based on. We’re re-inventing the future.


      • Clydebuilt October 2, 2017 / 6:45 pm

        dunno John, just clocking in at Clyde Space, got to get another Nano Satellite out the door.

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  2. Ludo Thierry October 2, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    Hi John – Hi Clydebuilt.

    The news from GFG Alliance regarding the early start on the alloy wheel plant at Fort William perhaps involves some modified Gaussian loop data manipulation? – or perhaps it doesn’t? – but it is, nevertheless, very welcome news:

    Industrial group GFG Alliance has unveiled plans to build a new car wheel factory in Fort William.

    The new plant, which could get underway next year, will be located next to the town’s aluminium smelter and hydro power facilities, which it acquired in a £330 million deal.

    It is expected that the new factory will create 400 jobs.

    At a consultation event in Fort William this week, Brian King, director of Lochaber operations, GFG Alliance, said: “We want to get the planning application in by the end of next month. It is ambitious and a push but we are hoping to have approval by the end of March next year and begin construction as soon as possible after that, hopefully in the second quarter of next year.”

    It is hoped that the factory could start producing wheels at the start of 2020.

    Mr King added: “Initially it was thought that 320 jobs would be created, but as we have got more into detail it is closer to 400. That is just direct jobs. If you take into account the knock on effect, you could probably double that.”

    Remember – this was the company which Fergus Ewing invited along to check out the Clydebridge and the Dalziel plateworks when these were due for closure. The company came, looked and stayed. They then committed to a huge investment in the Fort William aluminium smelter when this became available. Without an active SNP Scottish Govt demonstrating direct interest and real depth of knowledge knowledge in markets and exports would these developments have occurred? – I doubt it.

    Ta, ludo


  3. Ludo Thierry October 2, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    Hi John – Hi Clydebuilt.

    I thought all the BritNat ‘promised’ defence work to the Clyde meant that ‘Clydebuilt’ would be a description for many a frigate and such like for decades to come? – Did something change that plan?

    Since we’re talking economics did you notice on beeb website the very impressive export figures from Walker’s Shortbread (another, arguably, 19th Century industry that is finding ways to keep very much abreast of the times):

    Walker’s Shortbread published accounts which showed both the boost from exports but also rising import costs.

    It also warned that fierce price competition in the UK market, particularly for own-brand contracts, will continue to squeeze its margins.

    Revenue at the Aberlour firm was down slightly from £139.3m to £138.7m, with 42% of that from exports.

    Pre-tax profits for the calendar year 2016 rose from £11.9m to £12.9m.

    The family firm employs an average of 1,460 people, boosting production in the peak season before Christmas to more than 1,750.

    42% of revenue from exports – That is an impressive performance.

    Cheers, ludo

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    • Clydebuilt October 2, 2017 / 6:50 pm

      Ludo, yeah was interested in the Frigate work, till they dropped the Frigate Factory. Too old to bash rivets outside in the rain. Clyde Space for me


      • Clydebuilt October 3, 2017 / 8:16 am

        Yeah John, remove the “ate” and you’ve got an angry word. Stick the “ate” back on and you’ve got a Unionist gift to world peace, approved by Scotland’s most angry person . . . . Tank Comanderress Ruthless. . . . . TCR for PM,

        Peace and love


  4. Ludo Thierry October 2, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    A quickie from Wester Ross – notice the EU involvement (all this stuff goes oot the windae with brexit natch):

    TWO small Wester Ross maritime businesses are set to expand thanks to a funding boost.

    Ullapool oyster producer has hauled in a £12.5K funding boost to invest in new grading equipment while Isle of Ewe Boatyard will be able to buy a new cradle to cater for larger vessels.

    Both have been successful in securing funding through the Highland & Moray Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG). The fund aims to boost business and create jobs in their local area.

    The funding has been awarded under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund to encourage community-led local development.

    The Highland & Moray FLAG membership is representative of local community and industry interests who will consider applications and decide how funding should be allocated locally.

    I’m still hopeful that brexit will be a game-changer as more people wake up to the scale of what we are being let in for,

    Cheers, ludo


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