What is Lifi?

 

You may have heard lately on the news that Scientists have just taken to the streets with a new wireless technology called Li-Fi. The potential for this technology to change everything about the way we use the Internet is huge.

 

But what is Lifi?

It's reported to be 100 times faster than current speeds. Li-Fi transmits data using visible light communication, and it's now being tested in offices and industrial environments in Tallinn, Estonia. This new wireless system hit speeds of 224 gigabits per second in the lab, and has the potential to revolutionize internet usage.

Harald Haas from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland invented Li-Fi in 2011. 

Haas demonstrated that he could transmit more data than a cellular tower by flickering light from a single LED, according to ScienceAlert.

The system works in a similar way to Morse code, using visible light communication (VLC), but operates at speeds that are too high to be detected by the naked eye.

The Li-Fi technology uses visible light between 400 and 800 terahertz (THz), and transmits messages through binary code, giving it in-lab speeds fast enough to download 18 movies of 1.5 GB each second.

 

Find out more about Lifi

 

http://www.sciencealert.com/li-fi-tested-in-the-real-world-for-the-first-time-is-100-times-faster-than-wi-fi

 

This page on LiFi vs WiFi describes basic difference between LiFi and WiFi technologies - http://www.rfwireless-world.com/Terminology/LiFi-vs-WiFi.html

 

What is Lifi and will it replace Wifi? - http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/li-fi-replace-wi-fi-180957320/?no-ist


By Alanna at 19 Nov 2015, 12:10 PM