3 Reasons Why Li-Fi Will Revolutionize Internet Access
Move over Wi-Fi, Li-Fi is the cutting edge development that is getting ready to revolutionize the way internet data is provided. First introduced as a brilliant theory at the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference in 2011, this inspiring project has become a reality. Li-Fi is an innovative system that utilizes light waves to give users a more reliable internet source. Since the radio waves utilized by Wi-Fi are becoming increasingly sluggish & outdated this new project is gaining momentum like a runaway locomotive. It’s no surprise since Li-Fi has the potential to give us a connection that’s 100 faster than traditional Wi-Fi. The hype surrounding this innovative technology is making the demand turn into a steady roar. Experts predict that in 5 years Li-Fi will completely take over the market & Wi-Fi will become old news.
Li-Fi Shows Promise for Changing the Future of Internet
The raw power of Li-Fi showcases how much our current internet connection can be improved. Professor Harald Haas from the University of Edinburgh was the mastermind behind this groundbreaking invention. Through extensive research he realized that using light waves was a more efficient way to broadcast data. In 2011 he stole the show at the Technology, Entertainment & Design conference when he used an LED bulb to stream a video onto the internet. After impressing the entire audience he pledged to use his inspiring theory to reinvent how we access the internet. Using the light spectrum is extremely advantageous since they are 10,000 times larger than radio waves. Li-Fi utilizes them by encoding information as light pulses, similar to how a TV remote works. With Li-Fi a lamp bulb has the possibility to transmit enough data to support the average internet connection. Another advantage to using light is that it won’t interfere with radio waves found on airplanes & in hospitals. This will allow Li-Fi to be used in areas where Wi-Fi is restricted for safety reasons. All these advantages plus the current congestion of radio waves is already spelling doomsday for Wi-Fi.
Li-Fi made history when it passed its first test in a real life environment in November 2015. A visionary startup company called Velmenni worked furiously on the project for years in Estonia. In the end they conducted the tests in two locations: an office environment & an industrial environment. In the office environment the workers enjoyed internet at their leisure using the LED bulbs while in the industrial environment the bulbs doubled as the primary light source. In both tests it passed with internet connection being successfully transferred at 1 Gbps. According to Velmenni, this is just the beginning. In 3 to four years this technology will be offered worldwide with a whopping target speed of 224 Gbps. The only downside to this technology is that it can’t be used outside since daylight will interfere with the signal. However, this technology will undoubtedly dominate internet connections indoors.
With its outdoor limitations only time will tell if Li-Fi will completely replace Wi-Fi. While Li-Fi promises to revolutionize indoor internet connections it will be forced to coexist with Wi-Fi to give users the complete coverage that they demand. Whether they team up or another invention steals the show only one thing is certain: the next 5 years are going to completely change the way we access the web. We are living in exciting times as technology continues to improve by leaps & bounds.