Ericsson announces early King’s College 5G findings


Early findings from Ericsson 5G Tactile Internet Lab show the use of haptics and 3D modelling

The inauguration of Ericsson’s 5G Collaboration with King’s College was celebrated at an event held yesterday at the College in central London.

During the event Ericsson shared some of the early findings from the 5G Tactile Internet Lab and gave guests the opportunity to see for themselves how the use of haptics and 3D modelling is already benefiting important areas such as remote surgery.

Speakers included Professor Prokar Dasgupta, senior academic urologist and pioneer in modern robotic surgery from Guy’s Hospital; Matt Griffin, head of digital (commercial development) for transport for London, and Ali Hossaini, CEO Cinema Arts Network.

Hossaini demonstrated the use of 3D audio and visual, introducing how haptic technology can transform the performing arts, while Professor Dasgupta demonstrated on stage a simulation of the use of a robotic glove that will allow surgeons to be able feel the tumour whilst conducting remote surgery allowing for much greater precision.

Valter D’Avino, head of Ericsson Western and Central Europe, said during his address: “To be able to understand the needs of individual industries we need to cooperate all the way from the research phase to the market ready solution and our collaboration with King’ College is an essential part of that. This ensures we can build the 5G systems that will bring the long term networked society to life and we welcome you to come and be part of this open collaboration.”

Professor Dasgupta commented: “The most exciting element will be minimal invasive surgery as currently small cuts loose the sense of touch. The haptic glove I demonstrated used in remote surgery will bring back the sense of touch. Can a robot be human? Not quite yet but with the help of 5G we will get there.”


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