Streaming, Snaps, Instas, big data and gamers are undeniably clogging up WiFi signals, forcing networks to pull out every trick in the book to stay ahead of demand. Is it possible that some of that traffic could be eventually offloaded to another type of network independent of limited radio frequencies? Enter: LiFi, a technology that transmits data across LED lightwaves. And it’s future isn’t as far off as you might think.
Digital Trends’ Simon Hill recently wrote up a primer on LiFi, saying he and his colleagues were impressed by a demonstration of the developing tech at this year’s Mobile World Congress by Edinburgh-based pureLiFi, which has since launched its new product, the LiFi-XC. It’s a dongle that plugs into a device USB port, and and a router that connects with an access point to an LED bulb.
Yes, internet delivered by LED bulb. Incredible, right?
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PureLiFi expects LiFi to help enable future IoT and 5G networks.
“We have now reached the point in miniaturization where we will see LiFi move beyond the dongle and be integrated,” Alistair Banham, CEO of pureLiFi said. “The LiFi-XC is a big step towards getting this disruptive technology into every bulb and every mobile device”
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