KDDI, Facebook Japan to collaborate on 5G virtual shopping stores

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-27 19:01:27|Editor: Lu Hui
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TOKYO, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Japanese mobile phone carrier KDDI Corp. and Facebook Japan announced Wednesday a tie up between both firms to introduce a virtual shopping environment to customers using new super-fast 5G networks.

The collaboration between the two companies will see two pop-up stores launched in Spring that will offer customers a virtual shopping experience in Tokyo in which they can "try on" items of clothes and different kinds of makeup.

The virtual experience is created by the customers scanning the items of clothes and cosmetics they are interested in with their smartphones and seeing the outfits displayed on pictures of themselves.

Virtual, multilingual shop staff, catering to locals as well as an increasing number of international travelers visiting here, will also be on hand to the customers, as part of the experience, to provide information and advice about the products via customers' smartphones.

Beyond virtual shopping experiences, 5G networks will also likely be used here in areas requiring ultra fast transmission speeds, these may include gaming, autonomous driving, as well as to enhance the efficacy of remote medical surgery.

5G networks, expected to be available next spring here and with speeds up to 100 times faster, are set to quickly replace the current 4G networks.