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The Future Is Near: Here’s What 5G Wireless Tech Will Look Like

5G!!! Sounds insane right? Well, it’s not. This past week, at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg believes 5G will be available by 2020.

But wait, didn’t we just get 4G and 4G LTE? What’s the big difference? According to Vestberg’s beliefs, the shift from 4G to 5G won’t be about speed but more about self-awareness and smart connections.

To back his statement, Ericsson showed off the power of 5G by showcasing the technology of Poc, a Swedish sports gear manufacturer. Through a unique partnership, Ericsson and Poc created what they are calling a “connected device” in the form of bicycle helmet. The connected bicycle helmet will emit signals to connected cars which allows the automobile to sense the bike and automatically activate the brakes to avoid a collision.

Sounds like a movie? Yes, we know, but Vestberg believes this is the future and we should be seeing 5G by 2020. While this is cool, we’re still waiting for a real life hoverboard to be released.