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WiGig, Cloud Technology Will Help Fulfill Virtual Reality Promise

October 26, 2017 By Steve Senne in

Market research firm ABI has seen the future of virtual reality, and it is filled with wireless head-mounted displays using content sent to them from the cloud. Key to this vision are virtual reality WiGig tethers that will enable slimmer headsets and full mobility

Researchers found that head-mounted displays (HMDs), tracking systems and controllers have been advancing. Connectivity will continue to evolve as well, with 84% of tethered VR HMDs using WiGig wireless connectivity in 2022.

A related trend will be the use of the cloud to support VR – a capability that will enabled through WiGig. “[A] high data rate and low latency connectivity are required for Cloud VR applications. WiGig which can provide up to 7 Gbps connectivity will play an important role to support high bandwidth applications for indoor use. High capacity, low latency 5G networks will be essential for deployment of Cloud VR applications for mobile and standalone VR devices,” Khin Sandi Lynn, industry analyst at ABI Research, said in a press release.

TPCast, DisplayLink and KwikVR are offering technology that enables wireless connectivity between tethered VR HMDs and stationary devices, ABI said. These add-ons are expensive and bulky, however. Qualcomm and Peraso are working on WiGig approaches that would meet the challenge of offering full mobility without the drawbacks. The cloud also will drive VR.

ABI is not the only analyst firm that sees promise for VR and augmented reality. In September, IDC’s World Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker said that during the second quarter VR and AR grew 25.5% year over year to reach 2.1 million units shipped. The results actually represented a small decline from the first quarter, though IDC said that the category is in good position for the coming holiday season due to price cuts on current devices and expectations of new products.