By Justin Bariso
Slow internet got you down? Check out the technology that’s got everyone talking.
What if I told you that every one of the billions of light bulbs around the world could be used as a wireless hotspot for your electronic devices? Oh, yeah, and that your data speed would be 1 gigabit per second (Gbps), or about 100 times faster than current Wi-Fi technology?
Meet Li-Fi, the potential successor to Wi-Fi.
Although it’s already been in development for a few years, Li-Fi’s getting more press since last week, when Estonian technology company Velmenni was able to use it to achieve speeds of 1 Gbps in real-world office and industrial environments, as opposed to inside a lab. Earlier this year, researchers at the University of Oxford achieved speeds of 224 Gpbs. (That speed would allow you to download 18 feature-length films in a single second.)