Your LED lamps could soon provide you with blazing-fast Internet speeds, leaving your old Wi-Fi connection in the dust. It’s all thanks to a new technology called Li-Fi, short for “light fidelity,” which transmits information wirelessly via visible light.
The technology was recently demonstrated at the Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest mobile fair, by French startup Oledcomm, and it’s already drawing interest from Apple for integration into the upcoming iPhone 7, reports Phys.org.
The thing that makes Li-Fi so revolutionary is its incredible speeds, up to 100 times faster than Wi-Fi. To put that in perspective, you could download 23 DVDs in just one second using a Li-Fi connection. Laboratory tests have shown speeds of over 200 Gbps. It could solve the bottleneck problem that currently exists with our Wi-Fi networks, which will only be compounded as an estimated 50 million different objects and devices are expected to be connected to the Internet by 2020.