Published June 26th, 2017
Seven out of 10 consumers believe that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will become mainstream in media, education, work, social interaction, tourism and retail, according to Ericsson’s latest ConsumerLab report.
It adds that media is already being transformed and consumers expect virtual screens to start replacing TVs and theatres in less than a year.
The report, entitled Merged Reality insights into how consumers expect VR and AR to merge with physical reality, and that 5G will be a key technology for such experiences to become mainstream.
It also says that when boundaries between people’s perception of physical and virtual reality start to blur, this could result in a drastic impact on lives and society. The way people live, work, and consume information and media will fundamentally change.
However, realities will not merge if the user is tethered to a computer or cut off from physical reality. Early adopters of VR/AR expect next-generation networks like 5G to play a central role. Thirty-six percent have expectations on 5G to provide VR/AR mobility through a stable, fast and high-bandwidth network, while 30% of early adopters also expect 5G to enable tethered headsets to become wireless.
The qualitative research in the report included an innovative focus group discussion series completely in VR with participants from North America and Europe, as well as traditional focus groups with current users of VR from Japan and South Korea.
A series of qualitative VR tests with 20 Ericsson employees were also done to understand how lag in VR can trigger nausea.
In the quantitative part of the study, the report presents insights from a survey of 9,200 consumers in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, the UK and the US, aged between 15-69. with awareness of the concept of VR.
Source: Broadband TV News
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