World’s First Haptic Rugby Tackle
5G power demonstration from Vodafone powered by TESLASUIT
How it works
The impact of a rugby tackle made by Will Rowlands at the Ricoh stadium in Coventry was transferred via 5G to teammate Juan de Jongh on stage in London. De Jongh, in a specially developed haptic Teslasuit, was able to feel the force of the tackle in realtime thanks to Vodafone’s high speed and super low latency 5G.
- Player tackles a pressure sensitive tackle cylinder containing a 3-axis accelerometer.
- The impact is communicated to a laptop running bespoke software which registers the force as either “hard”, “medium” or “light” tackle.
- The information is sent over Vodafone’s 5G network.
- The information is received by another laptop running the control software for the full body haptic TESLASUIT.
- The suit replicates the impact as a set of pre-coded electrical stimulations of the muscles in the region of a safe impact zone.