No Wi-Fi but Li-Fi – 200 Gbps via your room light

February 26, 2016 | 21:27
No Wi-Fi but Li-Fi – 200 Gbps via your room light
No Wi-Fi but Li-Fi – 200 Gbps via your room light
The French company Oledcomm displayed its technology at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (22-25 Feb 2016), where a smart phone is connected to the Internet using only an LED lamp, which reaches a connection speed that is a 100 times faster than the current Wi-Fi standard. The 'Li-Fi'-connection, Li-Fi means 'light fidelity', achieves, in laboratory situations, speeds of more than 200 Gbps, in theory fast enough to send the data contents of 23 DVDs in one second, according to Oledcomm founder Suat Topsu (according to our calculations 200 Gbps comes closer to 5 DVDs, but that aside).

The technology looks at the first instance to be very useful for medical applications, since the signal does not interfere with medical materials and equipment. But it could also be used in museums and supermarkets to provide (local product) information.

It has been suggested that Philips is interested in the technology and that Apple could incorporate it into their iPhone 7, which is planned for the end of this year.

More information about Li-Fi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li-Fi.
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