Visible light used for networking
"Could this be the answer to cluttered cables and unreliable Wi-Fi connections?"
Published: 8th October 2008 | Source: Cellular Times |
Turn that light off ?
When networking PC's there are a few connection method options, but all of them have their drawbacks. With wireless, the connections can sometimes be unreliable, and with wired connections you have to worry about keeping cables in check. In a report by Cellular News, details are given of research into a new method of network connectivity, using LED lighting. The research is being conducted by Boston University's College of Engineering.
The system would work by using LED lights instead of incandescant ones, and these lights would flash on/off, be picked up by a receiver and translated back into the data being sent or received. The lights would flash so fast that it wouldn't be picked up by the human eye. Line of sight between the LED and the receiver would have to be maintained, and data transfer speeds would initially be around 1 to 10 megabit per second.
BU Engineering Professor Thomas Little explained:
This method of data transfer would offer increased security over wireless networks, as visible light cannot penetrate opaque surfaces like walls, unlike wireless, which would reduce the likelihood of eavesdropping. As LED lights consume less power than traditional incandescant lighting, energy savings could be had too.
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