Mobile edge brings mixed reality to life

Editor’s note: Today we’re featuring a guest post from Eric Qian, Head of IoT & Analytics, Ericsson Business Innovation.

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Think about your living room space transformed into an interactive seamless augmented game environment—welcome to the Ericsson mixed reality showcase at Mobile World Congress 2018. Using lightweight AR glasses, users can interact with bouncing balls with precision and accuracy due to 3D semantic modelling awareness and localization processed on the mobile network edge.

Mixed Reality—the seamless mixing of virtual assets with the physical environment—is progressively becoming mainstream. However, such virtual interactions with the physical world require real time mapping, storing and accessing of enriched 3D semantic models as well as an extremely low latency mobile network. With today’s resource-constrained devices and the public cloud, large amounts of computer vision data simply can’t be processed quickly enough for an optimal user experience. That’s where the mobile edge comes in.

By offloading computer vision data storage and processing to the edge, we reduce the complexity and workload of the devices significantly. This enables us to use more affordable and ergonomic devices, increase device battery life, optimize CPU and GPU performance, and provide an improved user experience.

In addition, enhanced LTE and 5G Deep Network Edge affords us the level of low latency, efficiency and scale that’s required. All together, this solution uniquely positions operators to be more relevant in multiple segments. By enabling the partner ecosystem to develop next-generation enterprise and consumer applications, we unlock new revenue streams for the operators beyond connectivity.

Mixed reality in manufacturing, drones, robotics and healthcare

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While the Mobile World Congress demo is a visually interesting way to see the possibilities of mixed reality in action, there are broader implications beyond gaming that will see this technology more integrated into the way we live and work.

The technology has the potential to have a major impact in manufacturing, drones, robotics, healthcare and more. Drones and robotics have increased situation awareness while being more cost effective. Field maintenance engineers can solve more sophisticated problems in the manufacturing line faster and more efficiently. The potential is exponential.

As part of this effort, Ericsson has partnered with two companies—each leaders in their respective fields. ODG brings its smartglasses and SDK to simplify the application development, while Occipital brings their large-scale mapping and 6-DoF tracking capabilities.

For those of you at Mobile World Congress, come by the Ericsson booth (Hall 2) to experience our mixed reality demo first-hand. Can’t make it to the booth? Contact Ericsson Business Innovation to see the video.

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