Industry leaders are hammering out standards for 5G networks which are projected to switch on around 2020. 5G may empower an internet of things revolution, as even the smallest connected devices could become able to do heavy computational tasks via connections with other devices.
These 5G networks will be faster but also a lot smarter. Devices will need to become smarter, too, as they will act as networking nodes rather than just terminals. Keddy said that’s why Intel is working on technologies for the core, edge, and access points of these networks as well as what’s required for devices to take full advantage of 5G networks. With 5G, computing power and information will feel like they’re following you around. Wearables, smartphones, tablets, and other devices with sensors that are location and context aware will work together with apps and services you use. Keddy said that with all of these things working together, they might bring augmented experiences to real life.