How 5G will change the way we view history
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Optus is highlighting the work of women working on the cutting edge of 5G Technology. Simone Clow -CEO & Founding Partner of Virtual Immersive writes about how 5G will transform the historical AR experience. Simone recently spoke on the Technology Uncorked podcast about Optus 5G and virtual reality. You can listen to the podcast here.

With a 5G enabled device on a 5G mobile network, the increased speed and reduced latency will provide so much more than seamless streaming movies  . The ability to offload computationally expensive, real time camera processing to a powerful server over the network, will make interactive technologies, such as web Augmented Reality (AR), accessible to more people than ever before.

When Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy 20 5G enabled phone in the Optus George Street, Sydney Store earlier this year, the 5G capabilities of the phone were showcased via a historical overlay using an Augmented Reality activation. When viewed through the lens of the phone, users could see, and move around, a historically accurate 1900 George Street, complete with the 1900 architecture, moving trams, horse and carts and people strolling down the street as a visual overlay on their real world camera view.

This is an example of how AR can literally bring history to life.

Through immersive augmented reality we can engage with history, as photoreal moving imagery of historical scenes are tracked with extreme accuracy onto the world around us.  As we move around environments, the AR images change in real time, with high resolution, high quality graphics being rendered in the cloud and pushed to our mobile devices via the 5G network.  Unlike a 2D photo or video, AR is an immersive experience allowing the user to walk around the fully 3D space, moving up close to and around objects to see their full detail.

Imagine visiting the ruins of Pompei and exploring the streets of that precinct, viewing what the city, and the life of people, might have looked like just before the eruption in 79AD. Or visit the Colosseum and see the stadium be structurally resurrected around you, complete with screaming crowds and a Gladiator fight taking place centre stage.

Walk through the precinct of a major city, and experience what it was like to walk through that city in historical times. Select from a timeline of significant eras. For example, the Sydney Harbour foreshore could be viewed in indigenous times, in the early Sydney Cove days, through the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the mid 1920’s and the Opera House unveiling in 1959, as compared to the present day.

The same technology can be used in forests on nature walks etc to convey key messages about native animal habitats, extinction and conservation in a powerful and innovative way.

Interactive Web AR technology powered by 5G gives us the ability to captivate audiences and transport them back in time in a way that has never before been possible.

About Simone Clow and Virtual Immersive:

Simone is a seasoned experiential, design and visual effects producer of over 25 years working in New York, London and Sydney. She has worked on a variety of content from brand films, major global channel rebrands, and bespoke large format content. She is passionate about the future of technology and the possibilities that 5G will enable.

Virtual Immersive are experts in creating purposeful, high fidelity AR experiences across Facebook, Snapchat, web, mobile apps, as well as via custom installations.

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