Introducing Li-fi - no that is not a typo.
Li-fi is the latest piece of technology that will blow your mind - and seeing as you are reading this on the internet, it will directly affect you.
Rather than transmitting data through frequencies and wavelengths like wi-fi, li-fi transmits data through light, resulting in unprecedented speeds.
Now think about this, you are sitting in your room, watching Netflix, or sending emails to your partner overseas - all you are worried about is that someone will be spying on you, or intercepting what you are sending. With li-fi, access to the connection is only achievable by being in the same room, under the same direction of light.
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“We are doing a few pilot projects within different industries where we can utilise the VLC (visible light communication) technology," Deepak Solanki, CEO of Estonian tech company, Velmenni, told IBTimes UK.
"Currently we have designed a smart lighting solution for an industrial environment where the data communication is done through light.
"We are also doing a pilot project with a private client where we are setting up a Li-Fi network to access the Internet in their office space.”
Through trials conducted in Estonia, there was a data transfer of over 1gb a second, trumping Australia’s average of 6.9mbps - the speeds achieved in the testings are 150 times faster. This ultimately means that instead of downloading those 500mb hi-res renderings to your computer over the course of 30 mins, the download would instead be done in a matter of seconds.
Whilst in its infancy, the concept of upgrading a global internet assumption, and turning it into a reality is breathtaking. With such a world reliance on the www, the need, the funding and the technology is there for this to be readily accessible within the decade.
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