The Morning After: A 5G necklace for VR and AR

Or lanyard. Or gadget rope.

Motorola and Verizon

In a bid to sidestep the issues of power, size and other technical hurdles of wearable displays, Verizon and Motorola have teamed to create the 5G Neckband. Putting connectivity, processing and battery in a collar could lead to lighter and more comfortable heads-up displays (and high-tech glasses).

Inside the pendant, there’s a Snapdragon processor, battery and touchpad, as well as sensors like a gyroscope, accelerometer, barometer and GPS. "We took a smartphone and exploded it around your neck," said Vice President of Technology at Verizon, Brian Mecum. No details yet on pricing and availability.

— Mat Smith

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A big, beautiful convertible laptop.


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