Love it, hate it, understand it or don’t, VRFocus is talking about the next step in wireless communication, 5G. You may have only just got used to 4G, but its bigger brother has been in development for quite a while, and Mobile World Congress 2019 is overflowing with 5G talk. That’s because companies like Qualcomm have been making some serious investments in the technology, the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform being the big reveal today. Also getting in on the action is immersive sports and entertainment broadcaster NextVR, announced broad support for the emerging 5G ecosystem and partnering with Qualcomm.
For the event in Spain, NextVR will be demonstrating a new stereoscopic, ultra-high resolution, video experience called Fearless on Qualcomm’s booth. Fearless is designed to play on a 5G enabled handset powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and features six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) streaming.
The video follows three professional cliff divers as they jump from an 85 feet high cliff near Koko Head on Oahu island, Hawaii. Viewers will be able to move about within the experience, with the ability to step to the edge of the cliff face and look down at the ocean below.
“The Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform with 5G will enable XR viewers to transform how the world connects and communicates,” said Patrick Costello, Senior Director, Business Development, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc in a statement. “By leveraging 5G to offer premium immersive experiences, NextVR is evolving their content platform to deliver realistic immersive experiences for consumers with XR viewers.”
“NextVR is completely committed to supporting 5G and the new product category of AR and VR devices known as XR viewers. The increased resolution, high bandwidth, and streamlined form-factor of XR viewers connected to 5G handsets allow us to deliver an ultra-realistic immersive experience,” said David Cole, NextVR CEO.
In addition to Fearless, NextVR will demonstrate a prototype of its new augmented reality (AR) portal on the nReal Light, a pair of ready-to-wear mixed reality (MR) glasses. Whilst being able to see the show floor, guests will also see a stereoscopic portal in front of them which opens into content experiences (e.g. a basketball court or concert venue). For further updates about what NextVR is up to, keep reading VRFocus.