5G and What it Means for Robotics

iClebo 07/08/2019 141



The advent of 5G technology, is promising a lot of developments.


One of the sectors that it might change is robotics. So, what does 5G means for robotics?


What Is 5G?


First of all, 5G is the next generation of internet technology for mobile devices. It’s supposed to be 10 times faster than 4G and would offer more bandwidth at the same time. On top of that, 5G is supposed to offer better and more reliable connections.


That’s all fine and good, but what does that mean for robotics? 


It actually means a great deal for robotics. 


What It Means for Robotics


So, why is 5G such a big deal for robotics? 


Because it can be the solution to the problem of latency. Ask any advanced robot developer and he will tell you that latency is one of their major headaches. 


Latency affects the time that an input can be received and then processed. That also translates to a delay with the movement can be calculated and then finally executed by a robot. A slow connection can severely limit the capabilities of a robot.


The best way to go around the problem of latency has been to connect robots using wires. But the use of wires also limited the mobility and the range of the robots severely.


With 5G technology, there would no longer be any need for wires. A robot that has a connection to the cloud can utilize machine learning in order to go around obstacles and solve problems.




There are a lot of potential uses for 5G connectivity with robots.


For example, robots can be used to perform surgeries while being controlled by surgeons in a different location. The surgeon can control the robotic arms in real time.


The use of 5G connectivity on robots is going to be an exciting development.