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.