Since 1991, Wi-Fi has created and set a standard to ensure that wireless products would operate as they are intended for use. Located in restaurants across the country, coffee shops, and hotels, Wi-Fi is considered a must-have in this tech-driven world. But would you be willing to give it up? If not give it up would you be willing to trade in your trusty wi-fi service for…Li-Fi?
Imagine your Wi-Fi connection at an extremely fast pace through LED lights! Instead of utilizing radio frequencies that’s found in wi-fi, the revolutionary internet service would use a light source with a special chip in it and a photodetector. Together, the components would create an internet connection that delivers downloading speeds that are 10 times faster than the Wi-Fi
German physicist, Harald Hass, first proposed the idea of light bulbs transmitting wireless data, just four years ago during a TED Talk. Hass believes that what makes Li-Fi’s greatness lie in its ability to accommodate surplus amounts of users- making it its light spectrum 1,000 times bigger than the entire radio spectrum, as well as technologically green!
In addition to its supposed expedite connections, data security is also present because unlike Wi-Fi, its signal will not travel through a wall because it has a specific area.
Two companies that are putting this connectivity concept to the test are pureLiFi and Velmenni. pureLiFi is aiming to release its first Li-Fi products by the end of 2016; while Estonia- based Velmenni claims that they transmitted data at speeds of 1Gbps (“gigabit per second”) and had speeds of up to 224Gbps. (It is important to note that the fastest Wi-Fi speed to date is 100 Gbps!)
So what is the downside to Li-Fi, if any? Currently, this type of internet is on possible indoor. It does not work outdoor because daylight interferes with its signal.