LiFi and Solar Panels close the Digital Divide – LiFi at TED & WIRED Magazine

logo_tedHarald Haas - TEDGlobal 2015 - LiFi and Solar Cells

Harald Haas – TED Global 2015 – LiFi and Solar Cells

LiFi is a Disruptive Innovation. There are countless use-cases for the technology in every aspect of our lives. The team at the University of Edinburgh LiFi R&D Center, lead by Prof. Harald Haas, have been working very closely with pureLiFi to provide perpetual, free, last-mile wireless connectivity for the developing world.

Imagine distributing the internet to every corner of the world at little more than the cost of a solar-panel and an LED light?

Prof. Haas presented this idea on Monday at the 2015 TED Global Conference in London. Calling it A massive extension of the Internet, he discusses the enormous energy savings that can be made by offering solar power to deliver the energy for wireless communications as well as act as a LiFi receiver.  During his talk, Prof. Haas focuses on the fact that more than 4 billion people worldwide don’t have access to the Internet, and with little energy infrastructure in developing countries to support traditional broadband and wifi, it will be a challenge to get it soon. This phenomenon, known as the digital divide, stands between people and information.

For the first time in public, Haas demoed the extension to indoor LiFi technology, showing how light emitted by an LED could make a video play on a computer connected to a solar panel. Using this technology, any existing solar panel  — on objects, houses and more — can be adapted to receive broadband signals using LiFi.

WIRED Magazine also provided coverage of the event in their feature called “You can now stream video over lighbulbs“.logo_wired

“At the Royal Institution’s Faraday Lecture Theatre in London — where Michael Faraday first demonstrated electromagnetism — Harald Haas, professor of engineering at Edinburgh University, gave a live demo of LED-based broadband that he says will soon be a viable alternative to Wi-Fi.”

The demo used a standard LED light to transmit video as fluctuating light signals, and a domestic solar cell connected to the Li-1st to receive the light signals. “We expect to go to market with this in two or three years,” Haas told the audience at a TED Global.

WIRED covered LiFi and Haas’s work in a long feature in the February 2012 edition.

pureLiFi, where Haas is the chief scientific officer, will be leading the commercialization of the technology and not just disrupt the indoor wireless communications market with our Li-Flame and subsequent product ranges, but also the out-door last-mile connectivity industry.

Haas gave a TED talk in July 2011 where he demonstrated an earlier version of his work.

Nikola worked with major companies in the area of Li-Fi technology and commercialisation, leading the creation and cultivation of the Li-Fi ecosystem, marketing, sales and standrdization. His experience with T-Mobile and T-Home in Macedonia focused on mobile network deployment and analysis as well as database app development. Nikola worked for the UK-China Science Bridges project to successfully demonstrate the world’s first practical implementation of the Spatial Modulation MIMO concept. He received a BSc in electrical engineering and computer science and an MSc in communications, system and electronics, both from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. Nikola earned his PhD in digital communications and signal processing from the University of Edinburgh.
  1. helen.mendez@gmail.com'
    Helen Reply
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    Marisca Imanto Reply
    Hi Nikola, I am a master student for architectural lighting design in Germany. I am interested to make a research about LiFi and solar panel for my third semester assignment. If it is possible, could me talk more in details? Please kindly send me email at mariscaimanto@gmail.com. Thank you so much.
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    matthew Reply
    Where can I find this TED Talk.

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