With the introduction of 5G technology, everyone is now talking about the Internet of Things, Internet of Information. One of the other branches, where 5G can be of great use is the Internet of Skills. Projected to be a key component of the future digitalized world, Internet of Skills will enable human beings to teach, be taught and execute any actions remotely.
Internet of Skills enables you to transmit your expertise in real-time, by using robotics and haptic feedback. Modern technologies can recreate a sense of touch, by applying certain forces, vibrations to the user. For instance they can trick our skin into thinking that what we touch in a virtual world is real.
How is it currently used?
Currently, implementation examples include remote interactive teaching and remote repair services. For the Internet of Skills to become a fully integrated reality, a combination of machine interaction methods and extended communication capabilities is required. Both industry and consumers certainly show a great interest in using capabilities, that Internet of Skills can bring.
What makes the Internet of Skills work?
Short latency capabilities of 5G are essential to make the Internet of Skills work, by providing instant action-reaction. The response times on 5G are 400X faster than a blink of an eye (1 millisecond). Without the availability of 5G technology globally, this system will lack audio, visual and haptic technologies. According to Mischa Dohler, a professor of wireless communications at King’s College London, it will take another 10 years for the Internet of Skills to be fully implemented in reality.
Future of IoS
In conclusion, Internet of Skills will be an essential tool in our digitalized world. By enabling remote skill delivery it will democratize labor globally, essentially the same way as the Internet has made knowledge public to any user in the world. In the future, 5G technology in combination with sensors, tactile gloves, and virtual reality technologies will allow us to “digitize” and transmit physical skills of experienced specialists over long distances. It is projected that by 2023 there will be more than 1 billion 5G connections in the world. Therefore, we can safely prepare for the fact that the “Internet of Skills” will become the same everyday thing as the familiar Internet of Things.