Everyone has heard of Wi-fi but what if there was something more? What if we have devices that can connect to something other than Wi-fi or data so we can go online?
Something other than Wi-fi or data? Sounds very sci-fi right? But fantasy may turn to reality sooner than we think.
Reported by FreeMalaysiaToday, Oppo will shortly become the first smartphone maker to propose a consumer device that is Li-Fi compatible, which means the device is able to send data using light instead of radio waves.
When can we hear more about this? Well this latest innovation will be presented by the Chinese manufacturer some time later this September.
But will we still have Wi-fi? Yes of course we’ll always need Wi-fi until they can introduce something better in the future and this innovation is not to eliminate Wi-fi but come up with another alternative technology that can be very beneficial to many.
Li-Fi, short for light-fidelity, is a wireless communication system which uses light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs for data transmission.
As it stands, the technology is relatively rare, although it has been tested in companies and shops, as well as hospitals and aircraft.
How reliable is Li-fi anyway? If you’re asking about speed then that probably one of the main advantages as it is said that Li-Fi can potentially reach transfer speeds that are 100 times faster than Wi-Fi. That sounds amazing but we’ll have to see when it comes out if it actually does the job.
At the same time, it has the distinction of not being susceptible to electromagnetic interference, which can be useful in a number of different environments.
Li-Fi is also cheaper than Wi-Fi, because it does not require routers, only simple light sources, and it is more secure because it does not travel through walls.
This limited range is also one of Li-Fi’s main disadvantages along with the fact that it will only work indoors. As it stands, only a handful of manufacturers are producing devices using this little-known technology.
The arrival on the market of compatible smartphones could pave the way for its more widespread adoption.
Honestly, I’m looking forward to this new technology because we don’t always get the best Wi-fi signals everywhere we go so maybe this could be the next big thing. What do you guys think?