Samsung and KDDI showcase the potential of 5G with an advanced live stream demo

Samsung has been aggressively working with many carriers around the world to roll out 5G services in the near future. The collaboration involves, among many other things, conducting tech demos to showcase the potential of 5G networks. Samsung and KDDI have organized one such impressive live stream demo to take game viewing experience to a new level.

In a press release, Samsung has announced the successful completion of a real-time free-viewpoint video stream test in collaboration with KDDI, Okinawa Cellular Telephone Company, and Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR). The demo, which was conducted at a professional baseball game held in Okinawa Cellular Stadium in Naha, Japan, used Samsung’s end-to-end 5G solution which included a “virtualized core, virtualized RAN, one of the smallest 5G access units and 10 sets of 5G tablet devices.”

5G can offer an immersive viewing experience

As part of the test, a free-viewpoint video stream was created by using 16 cameras to shoot the hitter from different angles, and the same was transmitted in real-time to Samsung’s 5G tablets deployed at the venue.

Developed by KDDI Research, free-viewpoint video allows users to watch a video from any angle of their choice by reconstructing a 3D model of the subjects in the video. Applying this technology to games and sports can offer an immersive viewing experience to the audience. Simultaneously transmitting such high-volume videos in real-time in crowded places like stadiums will be made possible by 5G connectivity.

“It is exciting to see how 5G technology can transform our lives. 5G is now a reality. We will continue working with KDDI to explore how the technology can be further developed and applied in our homes and cities,” said Youngky Kim, President of Samsung’s Networks Business.