Volumetric technology, which could be one of the most interesting applications based on 5G mobile networks, has to date been one of the most under-reported, but now UK and Japanese telco giants BT and NTT DoCoMo have, almost simultaneously, announced advances into the field.
In essence, volumetric video is a way of capturing an object or environment in three dimensions so that it can be seen remotely in 3D from any perspective. Low-latency 5G connectivity paired with edge network computing enables volumetrically captured objects to be streamed to a display and experienced in the same way people perceive an object moving in front of them.
Volumetric video will enable live events to be streamed online at high quality and in three dimensions, allowing viewers to watch in real time from any angle of their choosing.
Use cases can extend from watching live performances unfold from just a few feet away and moving around in them, to use by enterprises in industries ranging from e-commerce to healthcare and beyond. In architecture or manufacturing, for example, viewers will be able to virtually gather remotely around 3D virtual models of buildings or products and be able to collaborate and make adjustments.